New Round Of Bidding Opens For Community Grants Programme

January 8, 2013 by  
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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  
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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  
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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.


DCLG Announce Community Grants Programme

May 31, 2012 by  
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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



Community Grants Programme Now Closed

April 27, 2012 by  
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Bidding for the Community Grants Programme closed on 17th April. 

Tribal, who are managing the programme,  report that there were 150 bids for the £30m programme and allocations are expected to be announced in June.  

Discussions are currently taking place around what help and assistance Self-Help-Housing will be able to give to organisations  which have been awarded  grants  and also to those who were unsuccessful.  Details of this will appear in due course.


Bidding For Empty Homes Community Grants Programme – On Line Assistance

March 16, 2012 by  
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If you’re going to bid for funding under the Empty Homes Community Grants Programme, then you should find useful, the documents that we’ve now produced to assist with bidding and with completing the Tribal application form.

 They appear on the Empty Homes Grant Programme pages under in the Community Grants Bidding section. Read the Introduction to understand what’s there and the Guidance for tips on completing the application form.     

Bidding closes on 17th April 2012



HCA Announce Empty Homes Allocations For £70m Programme

March 6, 2012 by  
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5th March 2012

The HCA have announced their allocations to registered providers which bid for funding, earlier this year, from the £70m Empty Homes Programme.  

Read Andrew Stunell’s Press Release announcing the allocations via the DCLG website here:

  A number of small community led  housing organisations around the country bid in partnership with registered housing associations and will benefit from these allocations.  

Meanwhile, bidding for the £30m Community Grants Programme remains open until 17th April 2012.    



Empty Homes Community Grants Programme: DCLG publishes guidance for funding applications

January 27, 2012 by  
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On the 25 January, DCLG published the appliction guidance for Community and Voluntary groups applying for funding to bring Empty Homes back into use through the governments Empty Homes Programme.

Tribal who are adminstering the bidding process have now published the application form and further guidance notes.

You can read more about the process and download the full documents from our Empty Homes Community Grants programme bidding page.


Community Grants Programme About To Go Live

January 12, 2012 by  
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The Community Grants Programme is part of the Coalition’s £100m Empty Homes Programme, which runs from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2015. This will be accessible to community-led-organisations and as part of this funding programme they will not be required to become a registered provider (such as a registered housing association).

The Programme will be between £10m – £30m and bidding is expected to run from late January until the end of March 2012. The size of the programme will depend on the level of demand. Bidding is due to start in late January and will run until the end of March

Self-Help Housing.Org & HACT  are running a series of Briefing Events, aimed at helping community-led-organisations with bidding and securing funding allocations from the Community Grants Programme (CGP).

These regional events will be free of charge and will provide an opportunity to find out as much as possible about the way in which the Programme will work and the arrangements for bidding.  They will be running from 24 January 2012 to 10 February 2012 aroundEngland

 Jon Fitzmaurice, Director of Self-Help-Housing.Org, says, ‘These briefings will provide community-led groups with all the information that they need to bid for funding.  We hope that as many community organisations as possible are able to bring empty properties back into use’.

 For more information about the support that will be available to groups from & HACT  visit the Empty Homes Grants pages    



The Coalition Publishes Its Empty Homes Strategy

November 23, 2011 by  
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On Monday 21st November the Coalition published  its  housing strategy document “Laying The Foundations: A Housing Strategy For England”

Chapter 5 sets out their Empty Homes Strategy which confirms that the already announced £100m Empty Homes Programme (2012-2015) will be divided into two separate fundingstreams:

The  HCA Empty Homes Programme: Bidding for this programme, to the HCA, is now open and runs until 23rd January 2012. Community led self-help housing organisation can access the programme, but only via a  partnership with a registered social landlord (eg  a housing association). Further details this programme will appear very shortly on this site, in the section dealing with the Empty Homes Programme.

The Community Grants Programme: Bidding for this programme is currently delayed, pending the appointment of an intermediary agency that will administer it. Community led self-help housing organisations will be able to bid directly in their own right for funding. No date has been set for the commencement of bidding, but the deadline for bids will reflect the delay and is expected to be around late February. The Empty Homes Strategy states that this programme could be as much as £30m, subject to there being sufficient quality bids.

Full details of the CGP and bidding arrangements will appear on this site as soon as they are available.

You can read the full Housing Strategy Document here.


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