beadnellwiextObtaining external funding for both small and major improvements is often critical for halls. Although many halls can gradually increase their levels of reserves to cover unplanned costs, refurbishments etc are often beyond their means.

This is why obtaining funding is usually top of most halls’ lists when it comes to seeking support.  Who should we apply to?  How should we word the application? What are funders looking for?  How long will the decision take? A useful starting point is this booklet as it provides contact details and eligibility information for about 20 potential funders. It has been produced by CAN. Please note that things change and this was collated in June 2013. Northumberland CVA have also produced two helpful documents: Fit for Funding and Searching for Funding . Marc Johnson, based at Northumberland CVA is a source of knowledge on funding and can be emailed

 Photograph: Beadnell WI hall