Funding for Start-Up Costs for Community Led Housing

Revenue funding is available for early stage voluntary and community organisations exploring community led housing in England.

The Start-Up Support Programme aims to help groups of local people to develop their own community led housing solutions. Funded by the Government, the grant programme is targeted to support the earliest stages of a community led housing group’s development and help community led housing projects at an early stage to explore options, to enable community led housing solutions to become a reality.

A total of £800,000 is available for this grants programme from February 2019 to 31 March 2020.

Grants are available for:

  • Seed Corn Costs – Community led housing groups who meet the programme criteria can apply for up to £4,000 to cover the early stage costs of getting a project off the ground.
  • Support Costs – Support grants can provide further funding to commission advice and support from community led housing advisors of up to £6,000, if this start-up support is not available through a local Community Led Housing Enabler Hub.

Groups can apply for both a Seed Corn Grant and a further Support Grant which means they can receive a total of up to £10,000 to support their work.

This is a rolling programme. It is open for applications from mid-February 2019 until mid-February 2020, or until all funding is committed, whichever is sooner.

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