Volunteers in Cumbria are being encouraged to apply to a £700,000 Defra loan fund to improve rural community buildings – or even build new ones.
The Rural Community Buildings Loan Fund plays a crucial role in helping community groups renovate and refurbish buildings such as village halls, church halls and community centres.
It encourages communities to raise funds, knowing a loan could be available to help them meet their target and win funding from other sources. The Fund is managed by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), the national voice for England’s network of 38 rural community councils, on behalf of Defra.
ACT’s Development Manager, Julia Wilson, took part in a discussion about rural life on BBC Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour, broadcast on Monday 5th May. Listen again here
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria was invited to take part in the intreview as a representative of the national network of Rural Community Councils which work across England.