The Rural Halls Refurbishment Scheme is a pilot Scheme which will provide a grant to rural community and voluntary organisations to deliver capital refurbishment works to rural halls, with the intended aim of keeping community facilities viable and to support existing rural organisations to remain sustainable and identify new volunteers.

A mandatory accredited ‘Managing your Space’ training programme will be an integral part of the Rural Halls Refurbishment Scheme.

The Scheme will target rural halls which have had limited previous investment, are under-utilised and restricted in usage.

Your project must be located in a rural area.

The Scheme will close at 3.00pm on Friday 11th June 2021.

Definition of a Rural Area
For the purposes of this Scheme rural is defined as all those areas outside the statutory development limits of those towns with a population in excess of 5,000 inhabitants. Settlements with populations in excess of 5,000 inhabitants are listed in the Scheme Information document.

There are 2 stages to the process;

Stage 1
You must submit a Stage 1 Application form. We will use the information you provide on the Stage 1 Application form to check that both the organisation and proposed refurbishment project are eligible.

Stage 2
The Stage 2 Application process will offer the opportunity to those organisations, committed to the training element, to apply for the capital refurbishment costs.

Full information on who can apply, what is eligible for assistance, and how to apply is detailed in the SCHEME INFORMATION SHEET

If, after having read the information and guidance, you feel you are eligible to apply then you should complete the APPLICATION FORM.

Completed Stage 1 Applications must be e-mailed to the following email address:

If you have any difficulty accessing any of the above links please contact us at:

Stage 1 Application Forms must be with DAERA by 3pm on Friday 11th June.
You can submit your application any time before the deadline.

Funding for these grants is limited and an eligibility process will apply.

There is therefore no guarantee that your application will be successful.