Launched in 2018, the £163 million Community Housing Fund aims to support the delivery of new affordable homes up to 31 March 2020.
England’s Community Housing Fund remains open for bids for both phase one and two until the funding is fully committed or the end of December, whichever comes first.
The funding which is available across England, excluding London, aims to:
- Increase housing supply in England by increasing the number of additional homes delivered by the community-led housing sector.
- Provide housing that is affordable at local income levels and remains so in perpetuity.
- Deliver a lasting legacy for the community-led housing sector in the form of an effective and financially self-sustaining body of expertise within the house building industry in England.
There are two phases:
- Phase one supports applications for revenue grants to assist community groups with the costs involved in the pre-development stage of community-led housing projects.
- Phase two supports applications for capital grants to fund the costs of acquiring land and building community-led housing schemes.
Who can apply
Bidding is open to all organisations which are, or intend to become, constituted as a body corporate, or an equivalent form of constituted body. This could be grassroots start-up groups responding to local housing needs; existing community-based organisations with local roots that are responding to the needs of the local community or want to increase their existing provision; or local authorities, housing associations, landowners or small builders that want to provide housing that benefits local areas in perpetuity.
How to apply
Bidding for both phases is open on a Continuous Market Engagement basis via the Homes England online platform until funding is fully committed or until 31 December 2019, whichever occurs first.
Further information can be found on Home England’s webpage