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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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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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.
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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.Print This Post
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 www.emptyhomes.com/empty-homes-events/
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.