Self-Help Housing Projects Win World Habitat Award

March 2, 2016 by  
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Canopy Housing Project from Leeds and Giroscope from Hull have jointly won the BSHF World Habitat Housing Award for 2015-16.

Both organisations have been successful in making extensive use of empty properties to provide housing and in doing so have given disadvantaged people the chance to learn construction skills and secure employment.

The Award recognises projects that are; Innovative, Sustainable and Transferrable. Read more about The Award Winning Self-Help Housing Project In The North  here


Grants For New Projects

January 11, 2016 by  
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An organisation called Unlimited, which supports new social enterprises, is offering grants to people wanting to set up new projects. To qualify you’d need “to  be a social entrepreneur with a venture creating strong social impact in your local area. You have ambitions to further grow your impact deeper into your community, becoming a catalyst for further social change”. They’re offering

  • Three years of support from an Award Manager to grow your venture
  • A full diagnostic of your social venture created alongside an Award Manager, to help you identify opportunities
  • Access to up to £15,000 to meet those opportunities
 Applications must be in by 11th February 2016. More details at

Empty Property Week 30th November- 6th December

December 2, 2015 by  
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It’s Empty Property Week, organised by Empty Homes, and the press is full of inspiring stories about how it’s possible to use empty property as an accessible way of securing housing for  community based self-help housing organisations.

For more information visit Empty Homes website http://

Here’s an example of some good coverage from the BBC   http://



Unlimited Launch Fund To Support Housing Entrepreneurs

October 23, 2015 by  
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As part of their  Building Futures Programme UnLtd have just launched a new £50,000 innovation fund for social entrepreneurs with ideas that can be put into practice to meet housing need.  


Go to their website to find out how to apply:



New Nationwide Foundation Grants Programme

September 9, 2015 by  
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The Nationwide Foundation will be launching a new £1 million empty properties funding programme on 14th September. Funding will be available to not-for-profit organisations bringing empty properties back into use to create homes for people in housing need. Organisations can apply for grants and / or social investments of £100,000 to £175,000. Applications will be accepted between 14th September and 1st November 2015.

For further details visit their website here;


£150m Power To Change Programme

May 25, 2015 by  
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Power to Change is a Big Lottery initiative  was launched in late January 2015 which is developing programmes that will  make a difference to community businesses. By the end of the year they aim to have provided £9 million of funding and support to community  businesses across England.

The majority of this funding will be awarded through their Initial Grants Programme, an initiative that has been specifically designed to help new and existing community businesses that are in a position to make a step change in their journey towards long term sustainability within the next six months.( i.e. You are currently trading and seeking to become more sustainable OR you are looking for final funds to allow you to start trading within six months of a Power to Change grant award)

There are a set  of six criteria which organisations/ projects must meet to be considered for funding through the programme. To view the criteria click here. If you think your organisation meets these criteria and would like to apply for funding you will need to read through the application guidance notes and complete an online application form.

To view the guidance notes click here  To access the online application form please click here to register


Empty Homes Week 1st-5th December

December 1, 2014 by  
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Empty Homes Week runs from 1st -5th December. Further details about the Week and the Campaign to reduce the number of long term empty properties, being organised by the Empty Homes Agency, can be found

At the end of March 2014 EHA reports that there were over 610,000 empty homes in England, according to the latest council tax base returns.


Big Lottery £150m Power To Change Programme – Road Shows

September 1, 2014 by  
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Locality are runing a series of Road Shows for organisations interested in bidding for funding via the
Big Lottery £150m Power To Change Programme. They take place in September & October and aim to
offer help and support, through workshops and one-to-one advice, to people wanting to set up and
run comminity led enterprises like self help housing.
Visit: for more details


The Big Lottery Announces £150m “Power To Change” Grants Programme

December 6, 2013 by  
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The Big Lottery Fund have announced a new £150m Fund, “Power To Change”, which will be available from Autumn 2014 and which is aimed at “developing sustainable community-led enterprises across England”.
“This could be very good news for both existing and new self-help housing schemes wanting to make use of empty street properties for the benefit of their communities” said Jon Fitzmaurice, “as you’ll see from the news story and the accompanying video, they’re citing as examples organisations involved in securing housing via empty property, which is encouraging!” Further details will be made available next year.

Click here to read the story and see the video on The Big Lottery website


Getting It Built – Free Regional Events

October 2, 2013 by  
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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


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