Video Of Phases’ Brockley Grove Project in South East London

October 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Other News

“Phases Create More Housing In South East London”

Here’s a short video which shows how Phases have worked with their Trainees to bring back into use a property that had been empty for 20 years with funding from the Empty Homes community Grants Programme and Lewisham Council: PHASES Promotional Video


Getting It Built – Free Regional Events

October 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Latest News

Do you want to do something about the housing (or lack of) in your community? Are you already setting up a Cohousing, Self Help Housing, Community Land Trust, Self-Build or Cooperative housing project? Then these authoritative regional events on community-led housing are just for you.

Brought to you by Locality, the UK Cohousing Network and the National CLT Network, these events will tell you all you need to know about getting a project off the ground and will provide first stage support for applying to the Community Led Project Support Funding programme, a new Government start-up revenue fund of £17 million for budding community developers to undertake feasibility studies. The events are free of charge.

North East Friday 18th October 2013, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Yorkshire &Humber Friday 1st November 2013, Leeds
Midlands Wednesday 6th November 2013, Birmingham
North West Friday 15th November 2013, Manchester
South West Friday 22nd November 2013, Exeter
London &South East Friday 29th November 2013, London
East Monday 9th December 2013, Ely

For more information and to book please visit


Over £50m now allocated to Self-Help Housing Organisations

July 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Latest News

Following the final announcement, in July, of the 2nd Round of DCLG Empty Homes Community Grants Programme funding, it means that over £50m has now been allocated to 110 largely community led self-help housing organations throughout England. Nearly £30m was allocated in Round 1 during 2012 and a further £30m+ has been alocated in Round 2.
“This represents a huge step forward for many of these organisations” said Jon Fitzmaurice. ” until the advent of this programme government funding for housing was pretty much restricted, via the HCA, to a small number of large housing providers. This has opened up the field to small local organisations and made it posible to secure funding to lease or acquire empty street properties – which is very similar how many housing associations started out”.


Nationwide Empty Homes Programme Goes Live

May 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Latest News

The Nationwide Foundation is offering grants and social investments to organisations which are bringing empty properties into use for people in need. Applications for grants and social investments of between £15,000 and £140,000 are invited between 1 May and 30 June 2013.

Priority will be given to schemes including one or more of the following:
• Projects which are financially sustainable, or which are working towards financial sustainability
• Projects incorporating training for NEETS and others who are out of work or low skilled
• Live / work schemes
• Environmentally friendly practices
• Asset transfer

Funding for the following costs can be applied for:
• The costs of refurbishment, including a fair contribution towards organisational core costs where this is required to bring empty properties into use as homes for people in need.
• Legal and other such costs associated with obtaining the empty properties (including landlord negotiation and asset transfer). For more information


Nationwide Foundation Announces Grants For Bringing Empty Property Into Use

April 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Latest News

The Nationwide Foundation have just announced their new grants programme. One of the funding streams is specifically around empty property.
You can find details here:
Bidding is open from 1st May 2013 – 30th June 2013


New Round Of Bidding Opens For Community Grants Programme

January 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Latest News

A new round of bidding for funding under the Empty Homes Community Grants Programme has just commenced.
Details of round 2 of The Community Grants Programme can be found in the Empty Homes Grants Programme section on this website and details of how to bid can be found here


Habitat For Humanity Creating Homes In Dagenham

December 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Latest News, Other News

Habitat for Humanity are working on a property, that has been abandoned for ten years,
with funding from the Community Grants Programme to create new homes in Dagenham
Read more here….


Co-alition Announces More Funding For Tackling Empty Property

September 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Latest News

The Co-alition made an announcement on 5th September concerning the extra resources that they’re going to put into housing and this included a commitment to invest further money in bringing empty homes back into use.

“The need for affordable housing remains high……we also intend to extend our successful refurbishment programme to bring an additional 5,000 existing empty homes back into use. “.

To date there aren’t any further details, but we understand that this is may include an element of further funding, via the Community Grants Programme, for community led self-help organisations.

Whatever the case, it will take some time for the arrangements to be finalised. Details will appear here once more information becomes available.


Model lease now in document bank.

June 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Other News

A model lease for use with a private owner has been added to the Document Bank. This is a full repairing lease.


DCLG Announce Community Grants Programme

May 31, 2012 by  
Filed under Latest News

Andrew Stunell MP has this week announced that 79 community organisations will receive £25.8m to bring  empty properties back into use.

Details of exactly which organisations are to receive funding are expected to be published by DCLG in June.

Read Andrew Stunell’s press release here



« Previous PageNext Page »