Community-led Housing

Community Led Homes funding

Community Led Homes is a new partnership run by four leading community-led housing organisations: Confederation of Co-operative Housing, Locality, National Community Land Trust Network and UK Cohousing.

Community Led Homes exists to make community led housing a mainstream housing option. The partnershipprovide training, funding and practical support to local groups, councils and developers. By bringing people together from the grassroots to those in power, communities can create the homes they want and need.

1. Start Up Support Programme

The Start Up Support Programme aims to help groups of local people to develop their own community led housing solutions. The grant programme is targeted to support the earliest stages of a community led housing group’s development and help community led housing projects at an early stage to explore options, to enable community led housing solutions to become a reality.

What funding is available?

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.

1:1 Support from Community Led Housing Enabler Hubs

In some areas of England, there are Community Led Housing Enabler Hubs, regional support providers that have been set up to support community led housing projects.

Some Enabler Hubs have been allocated funding from the Community Housing
Fund, to pay for local community led housing advisors to provide 1:1 start up
support, to help groups to shape and progress their projects through the early
stages.

If you do not have a local Community Led Housing Enabler Hub who can support you
to work with your chosen community-led advisor, then you can apply for funding up
to £6,000 to cover the consultancy costs to commission this support directly.

Support costs

A Support Grant 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.

How long is the funding available?

The grant programme will be a rolling programme open for applications from mid-February 2019 until mid-February 2020, or until all funding is committed, whichever is sooner.

Grantees must have spent their grant within 12 months of their offer letter, or by the end of March 2021, whichever is sooner.

Eligibility Criteria

Your community-led group will need to meet all the following eligibility criteria in order to be able to apply for this programme:

• Your community organisation is based in England.
• Your community organisation is exploring community-led options.
• Your community organisation is looking to create some permanently
affordable housing to meet local housing needs.
• Your community-led project is an early stage in the project’s development.
• Your community organisation is looking for revenue funding.
• Your community organisation must have been established for charitable, benevolent or philanthropic purposes.
• Your community organisation must have a membership of five or more members who are not related and who are all living at different dwellings, including three committee members who are not related and who are all living at different dwellings.
• Your community organisation must have a bank account with two signatures who are not related and live at separate addresses, or you have identified an eligible incorporated organisation to act as your fundholder.

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Apply to the programme

To apply, you will first need to complete the eligibility checker. This will help you assess if your group and your community led housing project are eligible to apply for funding. Your answers to the yes/no questions on the online Eligibility Checker will help you determine whether you are eligible to apply.

Find out more and complete the eligibility checker

2. Becoming a Registered Provider/Investment Partner Programme

The Becoming a Registered Provider/Investment Partner Programme aims to help community-led organisations progressing community-led projects to gain the support and funding they require to become a Registered Provider (RP) with the Regulator of Social Housing and/or an Investment Partner (IP) with Homes England.

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What funding is available?

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to help organisations to undertake the preparation work required to become registered as a Registered Provider with the Regulator for Social Housing and/or an Investment Partner with Homes England.

This grant can fund expert advice from a community-led advisor. This can help your organisation understand the policies, procedures and the supporting documents you will need to provide to the Regulator of Social Housing for the Preliminary Stage and Detailed Stage registration process. The grant can also help you to qualify to become an Investment Partner with Homes England.

The fund can pay for your staff’s time to develop the applications and the supporting documents if you can show that these are additional staff hours or a staff member’s existing work will be backfilled by another staff member. The grant can also pay for any associated training staff need. The fund can also pay for the registration fee of £2,500 that the Regulator of Social Housing charges.

How long is the funding available?

The grant programme will be a rolling programme open for applications from mid-February 2019 until mid-February 2020, or until all funding is committed, whichever is sooner.

Grantees must have spent their grant within 12 months of their offer letter, or by the end of March 2021, whichever is sooner.

Eligibility criteria

Your organisation will need to meet all the following eligibility criteria in order to be able to apply for this programme:

• Your community organisation is based in England.
• Your community organisation is developing community-led options.
• Your community organisation is looking to create some permanently affordable housing to meet local housing needs.
• Your community led project had a good chance of planning success (if planning consent is required) and can demonstrate commercial viability.
• Your community organisation is looking for revenue funding to help register as a Registered Provider and/or Investment Partner.
• Your community organisation must have been established for charitable, benevolent or philanthropic purposes.
• Your community organisation must have a membership of five or more members who are not related and who are all living at different dwellings, including three committee members who are not related and who are all living at different dwellings.
• Your community organisation must have a bank account with two signatures who are not related and live at separate addresses, or you have identified an eligible incorporated organisation to act as your fundholder.

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Apply to the programme

To apply to the programme, you will need to complete the Eligibility Checker to assess if your organisation is eligible to apply for funding.

Your answers to the yes/no questions on the online Eligibility Checker will help you determine whether you are eligible to apply.

Find out more and complete the eligibility checker

3. Homes in Community Hands Programme

The Homes in Community Hands programme provides support and grants to help you progress projects to build or refurbish affordable homes.

The Homes in Community Hands Programme provides grants to help you progress projects to build or refurbish affordable homes. Through this programme, we will support the development of a range of projects that provide new homes, by developing brownfield sites, exception sites, infill sites, refurbishing empty properties and converting commercial buildings into homes that benefit the wider community.

The main focus of our funding is in five areas of England: Leeds City Region, Liverpool City Region, West of England, Tees Valley City Region and West Midlands. We will fund some innovative schemes outside of these areas.

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What funding is available?

Power to Change will award grants averaging £50,000 to community led housing projects that will create schemes that deliver a majority of permanently affordable homes for
rent or sale to locally connected people. These can be either as new build housing or by refurbishing empty properties.

Grants awarded through the programme can be:
• Feasibility work to assess the viability of a site or buildings for development
• Pre-development costs to develop plans, leading to submitting a planning application (if required)
• Post-planning costs for work to get your project ready to start on site

We expect grants to be above £15,000, and below £100,000. The amount awarded will depend on whether applicants are undertaking a new build or a refurbishment project, what stage the project is at and the size and complexity of a project.

Small amounts of capital funding averaging around £25,000 are also available to applicants to sit alongside the main revenue grant. This £150,000 funding pot is to support organisations to put down small deposits to help them secure land and buildings.

 

Eligibility

To be considered for funding through the Homes in Community Hands programme your project and organisation must be based in England, and will need to clearly evidence how you meet each of the 10 criteria below:

1. Based in England
2. Be a community business
3. Be incorporated
4. Be for a charitable purpose
5. Public benefit
6. Share impact goals
7. Have at least one year of formal accounts
8. Have other funding sources
9. Lawful State Aid
10. Be ready to start delivering your project within 3 months of accepting your grant offer.

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Apply to the programme

Bidding to this fund will open on Monday 4 March 2019.

Applicants will need to have completed some initial outline project planning. You will need to be able to explain why you have confidence that the project is deliverable. You will need to have completed at least the Group Stage and Site Stage activities below.

To access the application form, fill in the online eligibility checker. If you successfully complete the eligibility checker and the responses you provide deem you eligible to apply, we will email you a link to an electronic application form.

Find out more and read the guidance notes

Community Housing Fund – Phase 1

The Homes England Community Housing Fund Prospectus was launched on the 2nd July 2018. It confirms the Government is making £163 million available across England through the Community Housing Fund (CHF) up until March 2020. This offers a significant opportunity for community organisations to grow and realise their aspirations to meet local housing needs.

The CHF is split into two phases. Only the first phase was launched with the Prospectus. It includes revenue funding for capacity building and pre-development costs; as well as capital funding for infrastructure costs which will support community-led housing. Capital funding to support the costs of building, converting or refurbishing community-led housing will be covered in the second phase.

Revenue funding

Homes England is now inviting applications from groups for the revenue funding. Eligible organisations include registered charities, companies limited by guarantee, community benefit societies, community interest companies and other organisations operating as social enterprises. Local authorities and Registered Providers may also apply and community organisations can also ask them to do so on their behalf.

Funding will be available to local authorities who wish to support community organisations looking to develop community-led housing, for example, through advice services.

The revenue grants are to help groups cover the costs of “project-specific activities” that will support the development of community-led housing. This includes the costs of group capacity building; professional fees, e.g. for feasibility or design work, and costs related to planning applications and business planning.

Capital infrastructure funding

Homes England is also inviting applications for the capital infrastructure funding, but this is only open to bidding by local authorities. This will cover small-scale infrastructure projects which support a community housing development. Such as building access roads, flood reduction measures and site remediation.

Community organisations may ask their local authority to submit an application on their behalf.

How to apply

Members thinking of making applications should be aware that phase one of the CHF will shut once funding is fully committed or on the 31 December 2019 – whichever happens earliest.

The Prospectus sets out the assessment criteria for bids covering value for money, deliverability and the strategic fit with the aims of the CHF. To apply you must submit details via the Homes England bidding portal: https://bids.homesengland.org.uk

Phase 2 Capital Funding for CLG housing – Capital funding for all tenures of CLH

This programme will fund a range of tenures in addition to funding affordable rent and shared ownership schemes. Affordable rent and shared ownership schemes can also be funded with capital grants through the existing Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes programme (SOAHP) 2016 to 2021.

Bidding is open for CHF Phase 2 to a range of organisations. As well as CLH groups, Local Authorities and Registered Providers may apply on behalf of community groups to support them through this process.

Grant requirements

The requirements for capital grants from Phase 2 of the CHF are the same as the SOAHP if you wish to be the landlord of sub-market rental properties.

Organisations intending to be the landlord of low-cost rental properties (funded by Homes England capital grant programmes) must be – or intend to become – registered as a provider of social housing (a ‘registered provider’) with the Social Housing Regulator (‘the Regulator’), before completion of any developments funded through those programmes and any payment of funding. It is not, however, a requirement to be a registered provider before applying for a Homes England capital grant.

The requirement to be a registered provider does not apply to organisations that will not act as the landlord of low-cost rental property. Where an organisation is delivering homes for low-cost homeownership – including shared ownership – for example, there is no requirement for that organisation to be a registered provider.

Interested in becoming a Registered Provider?

If you are interested in exploring becoming a Registered Provider, then Locality can help. We are working closely with a number of members to help them through the process.

Please contact Zoe Goddard on 07825 175868 or zoe.goddard@locality.org.uk for more information.

Grant closing dates

Bidding for both phases is via the Homes England Portal. This will remain open to new applications until funding is fully committed or until 31 December 2019, whichever occurs first.

Further details are available in the Prospectus and the Addendum to the Prospectus for Phase Two published on Gov.uk

View the addendum

Social Investment Business (SIB) Enterprise Grants

Enterprise Grants will support charities and social enterprises in England working in either the homelessness or youth sector to develop or grow their enterprising activity and earned income.

They are available through the Enterprise Development Programme, a five year, £40m programme funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment and managed by a coalition of partners.

Who is it for and what can I apply for?

Who is it for?

Initially, the programme will be aimed at charities and social enterprises based in England that operate in the following fields:
•    Homelessness
•    Youth services

What can I apply for?

Feasibility Grants
Between £5,000 – 10,000 to enable organisations to investigate and develop an enterprise proposition from the very earliest stage into a proposed delivery plan.

Enterprise Development Grants
More substantial grants of around £50,000 are available for organisations that have an enterprise proposition which requires further development or scaling, and where there is a potential requirement for subsequent investment

Eligibility

Am I eligible?

This programme is open to organisations that :
•    Are charities or social enterprises
•    Are based and work in England
•    Have a desire to generate income through enterprise
•    Can demonstrate clear social impact
•    Work in either the homelessness or youth services sector.

How do I apply?

You will first need to complete the online expression of interest form.

Complete the expression of interest

Nationwide Society – Community Grants

Nationwide Society is looking to fund local housing projects that will strengthen your local community by supporting the most vulnerable, and new approaches that increase the supply of housing or will reinvent renting for both tenants and landlords.

There are grants of up to £50,000 available for the revenue costs of developing your CLH project in the following areas:

• London
• South West
• South East
• East of England
• Central
• North West & North Midlands

They are inviting charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives to apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 – either alone or as part of a joint bid.

Applications are now open until 5pm on Friday 7 December.

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