Coronavirus: Rural Halls and Small Charities
Thousands of village halls will be temporarily closing their doors to the communities they have supported; some for over 100 years. For the community there is dismay and uncertainty about when they will be open again and their committees will be taking a hard look at the long-term future of their Hall.
We have spoken to committees who feel they are in a precarious situation but also to those who have enough reserves to keep them going.
So, what is ACRE doing?
- In the early stages of the crisis we provided guidance to the ACRE Network on the process for Halls considering closure of their Hall
- We have been in discussion with the rural team at Defra so that they are fully informed of the issues facing village halls now. Defra are working closely with the Communities Team at the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government. Thank you to those village hall committees who have come forward and provided detail of the likely financial impact should the hall need to stay closed for a long period.
- ACRE Board and Senior Management are working alongside other infrastructure bodies to clarify how the proposals for supporting businesses can also support charities.
- ACRE is now in discussion with Government for financial support fund for halls at risk.
Meanwhile the National Village Hall Survey is live until Monday 20th April 2020.
Please complete it; tell us all about your Hall as this information will now be so important as evidence of the valuable roles of halls in rural communities. If you have started to complete the Survey now is the time to log back in and complete it!
Some village hall committees will be preparing to submit their Stage 2 applications for the Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund. The deadline is still the 31st March 2020. If you need support or have problems accessing information due to the current situation then let your ACRE Network member know.