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Grants: Empty Homes Grants

The DCLG’s Empty Homes Programme will run from April 2012 to March 2015. The Programme is £100m in total and will be divided into two funding streams.

  • The “main” HCA  Programme aimed at registered providers/housing associations, which will be available via the Homes & Communities Agency &
  • The  Community Grants Programme aimed at community led housing organisations, which is expected to account for between £10m -£30m, subject to demand.

The HCA Programme: Bidding for this commenced on 21st November and closes on 23rd January 2012. Allocations were announced on 5th March 2012  

The Community Grant Programme: Bidding started on 24th  January and remain  open until 17th April 2012. This is being handled by Tribal Group ( acting as the DCLG’s intermediary body) and not the HCA.  Go to Tribal’s site  at for their Guidance re bidding and the application form etc.

Between October 2011 and April 2012 HACT and Self-Help Housing.Org will be running a Capacity Building Programme ( CBP) for organisations wanting to access the funding from the Community Grants Programme funding and  via the main programme in partnership with housing associations The CBP is funded by the Tudor Trust and will be delivered by HACT and Self Help Housing.Org. .

The aim of the CBP will be to maximise the take-up of the Community Grants Programme by community led organisations acrossEngland. It will include a series of regional briefing events which will run in late January and  early February.

Through expanding the number of community led self-help housing organisations receiving funding and procuring housing, the CBP as a whole is intended to lead to a longer term legacy which will result in there being:

–          A larger and more robust community led self-help housing sector

–          Better access to funding and loan finance

–          The creation of ongoing partnerships with housing associations and local authorities

–          To provide support and expertise.

–          The creation of peer networks and learning resources

–           More community led housing organisations becoming sustainable

–           A better understanding of the community led sector and its business model, on the part of funders and government ,   thereby reducing barriers to accessing future funding