The Government has made £163 million available to help self build groups across England through the Community Housing Fund.
Secretary of State James Brokenshire launched Phase One of the Fund in his first housing speech on the 2nd July 2018.
Established to increase housing supply in England, the Fund will support community self build organisations and assist them in developing affordable homes in their local area.
Funding outside of London is being allocated by Homes England across two phases, while the Greater London Authority will launch a separate program.
Phase One will provide revenue grants to assist community housing projects with planning costs and capital for site infrastructure, while Phase Two will provide capital grants for the construction of affordable housing.
Homes England is now inviting applications from community-led self build groups under Phase One.
Costs covered in Phase One of the grant include:
Funding will also be available to local authorities who wish to support community-led housing projects. Grants aren’t intended to cover 100% of the costs required by a self build group. Rather, applicants are expected to contribute 10% of the estimated amount. Funding will not be awarded to schemes that are likely to proceed without funding.
If a funding bid is successful, revenue funding grants will be paid in four stages, when project development milestones are met. Capital grants for infrastructure are payable in two stages.
Terms, conditions and a detailed funding summary can be found in the Government’s Community Housing Fund prospectus.
All groups who are, or intend to become, registered as a legal corporation can apply. Those eligible include, but are not limited to:
Local authorities or Registered Providers of social housing may apply on behalf of community groups.
Phase One of the Community Housing Fund is open for applications and will close when all funding is awarded or the 31st December 2019, whichever occurs first.
All self build community groups and organisations must submit details of their project through the Homes England bidding portal.
Funding bids will be assessed according to:
Value for money:
Dependent on the volume of applications received, Homes England expect application decisions to be made no more than 6-8 weeks after submission.
For advice on how to make an online application, see the Government’s submission guidance.