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Early Stage Support

The Early Stage Support programme, funded by the Nationwide Foundation, offers expert mentoring and small grants to help affordable community-led housing projects get started.

This is a programme to help community groups in England in the critical early stages of their project. It provides help with everything from choosing a legal structure to funding guidance – we are no longer accepting applications for this programme.

Successful groups will receive one-to-one assistance from experienced sector professionals. There is also a small grant pot available to help with early stage costs.

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Tackling the housing crisis

Locality supports community-led housing as it’s a key element in addressing the housing crisis.

Many of our members are involved in community-led housing. Several are showcased as part of the ‘See for Yourself‘ learning events we’re running – any community groups who want to find out more are welcome to attend.


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The Locality Early Stage Support Programme is run by Locality and funded by the Nationwide Foundation. It is a two year programme to assist new, affordable community-led housing projects in the start-up phase of their projects.