Grants available for new housing co-operatives (and other community-led housing) in England
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See below from the Wrigley's website:
Read the full Community Housing Fund prospectus here, mentioned by
From the prospectus: "In addition to new build homes, the Fund will
support activities which will lead to the conversion or refurbishment of
existing buildings for housing where there is evidence of need for this
form of development."
Government announces next stage of Community Housing Fund
The community-led housing sector received welcome news this July, the
fund provides grant funding for community groups in early stage of
There is a total of £163million available and there is no cap on what
funding a group may receive. However, the Fund will only be open to
applications until the funding is fully committed, or until 31 December
2019, whichever is earlier. Interested groups therefore need to start
thinking about applying as soon as possible, as this does not leave very
long for the money to be spent.
*What will the Community Housing Fund pay for?*
The recent announcement relates to Phase One of the funding programme
only. Phase One provides revenue funding, which is aimed at getting
groups up and running with their community-led housing scheme.
The money can be spent on items such as capacity building, incorporation
costs, feasibility studies, planning applications, project management,
design work and business planning.
Funding provided under this Phase One cannot be used to acquire land or
properties. Later phases will provide capital funding for site
acquisition and build costs.
Local authorities can also apply for revenue funding under Phase One to
spend on 'associated infrastructure costs' for a development, such as
access roads, roundabouts or services needed to open up a site. They
can also apply for funding to support community-led housing groups in
their area, for example by employing staff.
*Who is the Community Housing Fund aimed at?*
The Community Housing Fund is open to community-led housing groups,
including community land trusts, cohousing groups and housing cooperatives.
Groups must be, or intending to become, a body corporate in order to
bid. This would include charities, companies limited by guarantee,
community benefit societies, cooperative societies and community
As mentioned above, it is also open to local authorities.
*Does a group need to be a registered provider of social housing to be
eligible for the grant?*
Groups do not need to be registered providers of social housing to be
eligible for Phase One grant funding.
However, they will need to become registered to qualify for a capital
grant under Phase Two (or under most other Homes England funding
programmes), where they are planning to develop homes for below-market
rent, of which they will be the landlord.
This does not mean that community-led housing groups will automatically
need to become registered providers. There are other options available,
for example, partnering with existing housing associations where that
housing association acts as the landlord of rental properties instead of
Registration will also not be required if a community-led housing group
is developing properties for other forms of home ownership, such as
shared ownership or shared equity. Groups should be aware that Homes
England may ask about this during the grant application process, even
for Phase 1 funding.
*How do I apply?*
The application process is open now. Proposals must demonstrate that:
* meaningful community engagement and consent will occur throughout
the development process;
* the local community group will own, manage or steward the home in a
manner of their choosing; and
* benefits to a local area or specified community will be clearly
defined and legally protected in perpetuity.
Groups will need to ensure that they are properly constituted and
managed, in order to fulfil these requirements.
It should take between six and eight weeks from submission of a bid to
receive a decision.
Groups are strongly recommended to read the Community Housing Fund
prospectus in detail before submitting an application. This is available
It should be noted that the Community Housing Fund is only applicable to
community-led housing groups in England. Groups in Wales may be able to
access the Welsh Government's Housing and Regeneration Funding
Groups in London should also note that it will be the Greater London
Authority, rather than Homes England, which handles the funding
applications. The London Hub <https://www.communityledhousing.london/>
will be able to advise further.
The announcement of the Fund is very positive news for the sector, as it
finally gives community-led housing groups the financial support they
need to get going. However, with less than two years for the funding to
be spent, groups are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
The National Community Land Trust Network has issued a helpful briefing
note on the Community Housing Fund. This is available on their website
If you have any questions about the Community Housing Fund, please
contact any member of our community-led housing team, here
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