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Start Up Grants Of Up To £10k Now Available

August 7, 2019 by  
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Money has now been allocated from the Community Housing Fund to finance Seed Corn & Support Grants of up to £10k to help  new community led housing initiatives get going.

To find out if you might qualify and how to apply visit the Community Led Homes Website or click here to go straight to the relevant page.

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£163m Community Housing Fund Open For Applications

July 19, 2018 by  
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  • It’s a £163m government  fund which runs from now until 31.3.20
  • Phase 1 provides for revenue funding towards the cost of developing projects  – including refurbishment projects.
  • It’s accessed via Homes England, but you don’t have to be a Registered Provider to be eligible to apply for funding.
  • Applications are open until 31.12.19 or until the available funds are committed.
  • To be eligible for funding you need to meet the MHCLG definition of what counts as “community led housing” – see Prospectus
  • Homes England have nominated contact people in each region to provide advice and guidance on applying listed in the Prospectus
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Power To Change – Community Business Fund

May 1, 2018 by  
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This is has now re-opened with a deadline for applications of 24th May. Once again  grants will range from £50k-£300k  and can cover both revenue and  capital expenditure, although they usually will only fund up to 75%  of the cost of the project. Plus,  remember that you must meet their definition of a community business. There are a number of projects involving refurbishment of vacant properties that they’ve funded to date and so it could be  worth exploring.  https://www.powertochange.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Community-Business-Fund-applicant-guidance-Round-5.pdf

 

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£60m DCLG Community Housing Fund – Coming Up!

December 21, 2017 by  
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On 27th November the Government announced that they are going to invest £60m in Community Led Housing for the next four years – it will be split between capital and revenue funding. At the beginning of January a Prospectus will be published and bids will be invited. Refurbishing empty properties will be eligible for funding, but the money is likely to be routed through the Homes & Communities Agency – which will limit access to organisations registered with them as “registered providers”. However, it may be possible to bid through a local authority. There are going to be other T&Cs but it’s essentially good news. Watch out for details of the Prospectus, at which point t will become clearer who an bid and what for.

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Funding For Start-Up Community Projects

April 10, 2017 by  
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The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund from Power To Change aims to give community groups the support and tools they need to start setting up a community business – which could be a housing project. It also provides early stage finance needed to carry out consultation with local people and feasibility studies to develop a community business idea which the community wants and needs.

The next funding round opens on 19th April 2017. Further details of this and other funding rounds here

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