Defra investment in the ACRE Network

Facilitating change in rural communities through investment in the ACRE Network

We act as the broker for the government’s strategic investment in the ACRE Network.

ACRE and Defra have a multi-year grant agreement with the aim of providing a minimum level of support to rural communities, backing local initiatives and partnerships focused on creating more opportunities for people in the countryside. The fund supports ACRE member activity on digital inclusion, transport, housing, Net Zero, business support and social infrastructure amongst other concerns. 

ACRE documents best practice, encouraging members to learn from each other and sharing evidence of rural needs and solutions to government.

Under the agreement, Defra is providing the ACRE Network with a total grant of £1,712,000 for 2023/24.