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Community Led Homes: Community Housing Fund

Community led housing is a growing movement of people across the UK taking action and managing housing projects that build and maintain affordable homes in their local area. 


The Community Housing Fund is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and established by Community Led Homes, which is run by four leading community-led organisations: Confederation of Cooperative Housing, Locality, National Community Land Trust Network and UK Cohousing. 

The Fund aims to support an increase in housing supply in England, by increasing the number of additional homes delivered by the community led housing sector; to provide housing that is affordable at local income levels creates a way that people and communities can come together to solve their own housing challenges and provide high quality and affordable homes. 

The homes are managed or owned by the community in the way they want and the various funding streams will help communities access support and build a lasting movement. There are different routes that community groups can take to develop community led housing. Examples include:

  • Start-up groups responding to housing need or demand, or groups of people seeking to deliver their own homes.
  • The extension of existing community-based organisations to provide housing in addition to their existing activities, for and on behalf of the community.
  • Partnerships with developers and housing associations supporting a community group to deliver their ambition for affordable housing in their community.

Groundwork UK is the appointed grant administrator three types of grant support:

Start up support programme

The Start-Up Support Programme aims to help groups of local people to develop their own community led housing solutions. 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.

Registered provider

The Becoming a Registered Provider/Investment Partner Programme aims to help community-led organisations progressing community-led projects to gain the support and funding they require to become a Registered Provider (RP) with the Regulator of Social Housing and/or an Investment Partner (IP) with Homes England.

Enabler HUBS

The Enabler Hub Grant Programme aims to expand the network of Enabler Hubs - regional organisations supporting community led housing groups to deliver projects, particularly those likely to bid to Homes England or the Greater London Authority (GLA) for the Community Housing Fund.


For further detail on all the above funding opportunities please visit the Community Led Homes website.

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