Obtaining 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

March 2022 Northumberland Community Hub Investment Fund

A new source of grant support is available funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority     which could well interest  village halls. Please see below an email from Tracey Morgan of CAN. 

Dear Village Hall trustees

Please see the attached information with regards to the community hub investment fund. Could you please read the flyer first to see if you are interested in applying for the fund? If not, please ignore the other attachments. If you are interested in applying for this fund , please contact Mark Robertson for an informal chat regarding your project ideas. There will also be a Zoom question and answer session on Monday April 25th 10am to 11am. A link will be circulated.

Application proposals should be to develop hub facilities that are in the community, shaped by the community and safeguard community-use spaces. I have given some possible examples of project ideas. These are based on V.H pledges from Village Hall Week.  I know the panel are extremely keen to actively support projects who show they meet the criteria.

Regards Tracey

Please note – my non working day is Friday.

Tracey Morgan,  Village Halls Community Development Officer 07919531712

In addition to the Flyer, there are 4 additional attachments:

  1. CHIF funding criteria
  2. CHIF Vill hall guide
  3. CHIF comments to help complete application form
  4. CHIF blank application form


In 2020 your Consortium arranged with VONNE (Voluntary Organisations Network North East) to allow members access to its on-line funding directory. But those members wishing to accessing it must join VONNE first. The good news is that this is free  when you join as a “Bronze supporter”.  When asked who your employer is type in “NNVHC”. This will link your membership to the Consortium’s and allow you to interrogate the directory at your leisure.

At our Zoom meeting in May 2021 Ellie Phillips referred to the Northumberland Locality Coordinators’ small grants (maximum £500). Here are the details of the scheme and a list of the 4 co-ordinators, with their contact details, here.  Please ignore the 2019 deadline!


Photograph: Beadnell WI hall