Community groups who want to build homes will be given a boost thanks to a £4.2 million investment from independent trust Power to Change. The organisation is launching Homes in Community Hands, a new fund to support pre-development costs for community led schemes.
The Homes in Community Hands programme, administered by Community Led Homes, will award grants averaging £50,000 to community led housing groups in England. These include community land trusts, cohousing groups, and housing co-operatives.
Grants will cover the costs for new build and refurbishment projects of:
- Feasibility work to assess the viability of a site or buildings for development
- Pre-development work leading to submitting a planning application (if required)
- Post planning costs for work to get a project ready to start on site
Funds will also be largely focused on Leeds City Region, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley City Region, the West of England and the West Midlands. A proportion of the Homes in Community Hands funding will also be available to genuinely innovative community led housing projects anywhere in England.
Rose Seagrief, programme manager in charge of housing at Power to Change said: “We are delighted to be launching these funds to support the increasing number of community groups who want to create better places to live now and in the future by delivering permanently affordable homes. Nationally, 5,500 community led homes are expected to be built over the next five years but groups need help with the costs in the early stages of these projects to get these essential schemes off the ground.”
More information on the Homes in Community Hands grant programme is available on the Community Led Homes website here: www.communityledhomes.org.uk