Community-led housing is about local people playing a leading and lasting role in solving their housing problems, creating genuinely affordable homes and strong communities where mainstream housebuilders are unable to deliver"
The community-led approach involves community-based groups taking responsibility for local housebuilding. It delivers housing that is affordable locally and remains under the control of the community through land trusts or housing co-operatives.
The Community Housing Fund Revenue Programme is funded by Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and will help community-led housing groups in the latter stages of pre-development.
The Programme will help cover the revenue costs of project-specific activities that will support the development of community led housing proposals.
The Community Housing Fund has been set up to support housing schemes that are truly community-led and will last for generations to come, helping ensure we build back better" - Housing Minister Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP
The Community Led Homes Partnership (CLH) will manage the grant programme, assessing all applications and administering the grants. CLH is a partnership of four leading community-led housing organisations:
- Confederation of Co-operative Housing
- National Community Land Trust Network
- UK Cohousing Network
Tom Chance from Community Led Homes said:
“Community led housing groups are rooted in their communities and truly understand local housing needs. There are so many fantastic community led housing projects planned across the country. This programme will help many of these projects come to fruition.
Tony Armstrong from Community Led Homes and Chief Executive of Localty said:
“It is well known that there is a shortage of genuinely affordable, high quality housing in England. We believe community led housing can, and should, play a central role in solving this problem. The CLH partnership is proud to be managing this programme on behalf of MHCLG”.
Applications opened on 23 August 2021 and will remain open until all funds are allocated or until 31 December 2021, whichever occurs first. The programme will close in March 2022 – all work funding by the grant must be completed by this date.
To apply, groups will need to fill in an eligibility checker on the Community Led Homes website. If you are eligible to apply you will be emailed an online grant application form.
Full guidance on the application process, who can apply and how can be found on the Community Led Homes website: