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- Rural Partnerships Ltd, with University of Gloucestershire and CJC Consulting
Rural Partnerships Limited, in association with the University of Gloucestershire and CJC Consulting, was commissioned by Defra in April 2005 to research the funding of rural community buildings (RCBs) and the benefits which they provide to individuals, local communities and the wider community. This report describes a study to investigate the benefits that RCBs provide to communities, the availability of external funding and the success or otherwise experienced by RCB committees in accessing funding. KEY FINDINGS - Despite the expenditure on renovating halls in the last ten years it appeared that 50-60% of halls will require major funding (over œ10,000) in the next decade. There will thus be a continuing demand for funding. - RCBs do not on average generate sufficient income from lets, donations and fund raising to cover renovation or replacement of the building. However, simply raising fees is often not an option. - External funding therefore plays a very important role, but success in obtaining it is determined in part by the amount of funding available and in part by the case presented.
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