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The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced that it is committing £6 million over the next two years to support community-led housing in England.

Community-led housing enables communities to take the lead in building and renovating homes, helping people to come together to solve their own housing challenges and build high-quality, affordable homes.

Some of the funding, in the form of revenue grants, is currently open to applications from early stage voluntary and community organisations that are exploring community led housing.

Community-led groups based in England that are developing community-led projects in England can apply now for the following:

Seed Corn Costs - Community led housing groups who meet the programme criteria can apply for up to £4,000 to cover the early stage costs of getting a project off the ground.
Support Costs – Support grants can provide further funding to commission advice and support from community led housing advisors of up to £6,000, if this start-up support is not available through a local Community Led Housing Enabler Hub.

The Community Led Homes -Start Up Support programme is open for applications from mid-February 2019 until mid-February 2020, or until all funding is committed, whichever is sooner.

The Community Led Homes Programme is managed by four leading housing charities that have joined together to make community-led housing a mainstream housing option. The programme will provide training, funding and practical support to housing groups, councils and developers.

Commenting, Head of Community Led Homes, Samantha Jones, said:

“Communities want to play their part in tackling the country’s affordable housing crisis and many are forming community led housing groups to do so.

“In the next 5 years the movement will build over 5,000 affordable homes. We’ve created the Community Led Homes programme to help this figure increase further still, and in time, for community led housing to become a mainstream housing option.”

Further information can be found on the Community Led Homes website.

Source: Community Led Homes, 18 February 2019