The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has launched a new £4 million grant programme to increase community-led affordable housing.
The Community Housing Fund Revenue Programme 2021 to 2022 will allow community-led housing groups in England (outside of the Greater London Authority area) to take responsibility for local housebuilding and help them to deliver housing that is affordable locally and remains under the control of the community.
The grant will fund later stage pre-development and will help community groups meet a range of costs incurred such as paying for searches, administration costs, legal advice, design work and planning applications.
The Community Led Homes Partnership (CLH) will manage the grant programme, assessing all applications and administering the grants. CLH is a partnership of 4 leading community-led housing organisations:
- Confederation of Co-operative Housing
- National Community Land Trust Network
- UK Cohousing Network
The fund will remain open to applications until the 31 December 2021 or until all funds are allocated, whichever occurs first.
To apply for the fund, groups will need to complete an eligibility checker on the Community Led Homes website.