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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
http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/england/power-to-change

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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 www.gettingitbuilt.eventbrite.co.uk

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Over £50m now allocated to Self-Help Housing Organisations

July 24, 2013 by  
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Following the final announcement, in July, of the 2nd Round of DCLG Empty Homes Community Grants Programme funding, it means that over £50m has now been allocated to 110 largely community led self-help housing organations throughout England. Nearly £30m was allocated in Round 1 during 2012 and a further £30m+ has been alocated in Round 2.
“This represents a huge step forward for many of these organisations” said Jon Fitzmaurice. ” until the advent of this programme government funding for housing was pretty much restricted, via the HCA, to a small number of large housing providers. This has opened up the field to small local organisations and made it posible to secure funding to lease or acquire empty street properties – which is very similar how many housing associations started out”.

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Nationwide Empty Homes Programme Goes Live

May 7, 2013 by  
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The Nationwide Foundation is offering grants and social investments to organisations which are bringing empty properties into use for people in need. Applications for grants and social investments of between £15,000 and £140,000 are invited between 1 May and 30 June 2013.

Priority will be given to schemes including one or more of the following:
• Projects which are financially sustainable, or which are working towards financial sustainability
• Projects incorporating training for NEETS and others who are out of work or low skilled
• Live / work schemes
• Environmentally friendly practices
• Asset transfer

Funding for the following costs can be applied for:
• The costs of refurbishment, including a fair contribution towards organisational core costs where this is required to bring empty properties into use as homes for people in need.
• Legal and other such costs associated with obtaining the empty properties (including landlord negotiation and asset transfer).

http://www.nationwidefoundation.org.uk/emptyhomes.asp For more information

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Nationwide Foundation Announces Grants For Bringing Empty Property Into Use

April 11, 2013 by  
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The Nationwide Foundation have just announced their new grants programme. One of the funding streams is specifically around empty property.
You can find details here: www.nationwidefoundation.org.uk
Bidding is open from 1st May 2013 – 30th June 2013

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