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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

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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
https://unltd.org.uk/social-entrepreneurs-transforming-places/
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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://http://www.emptyhomes.com/empty-homes-events/national-empty-homes-week-2015/

Here’s an example of some good coverage from the BBC   http://http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34930602

 

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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: https://unltd.org.uk/2015/10/12/social-entrepreneurs-solutions-uk-housing-crisis/

 

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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;

http://www.nationwidefoundation.org.uk/emptyhomes.asp

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