Community led housing resources


New grants for community-led housing schemes

Advice and support

Finance for community led housing schemes

- Publications from community led housing organisations

Legal formats for community groups

- Video resources from community led housing organisations

Case studies


We've put together a list of some of the most useful community-led housing resources, for groups at every stage of the process.

New grants for community housing schemes

We now have a small grants scheme to assist community groups who want to deliver affordable housing to meet identified need in their area. 

Grants of up to £2000 are available to assist community groups to scope out their ideas, draw up plans and reach legal incorporation. A community group can be an organisation that is already legally incorporated, such as a parish or town council. Or, you cold be an emerging group wishing to build your own homes or who are still working up your plans. These groups can include people using the Community Land Trust, Co-operative or Cohousing models. 

How to apply

Interested groups are invited to apply for a grant.

For further information you can speak to Judith Snares, Housing Strategy and Operations Manager,  on 01799 510510 or read our Community Housing Fund Small Grants criteria.

You can apply using our community housing scheme application form (Word doc) [35KB] .


Advice and support

Eastern Community Homes Hub

The Eastern Community Homes Hub has been established to provide advice, support and guidance to communities in the East of England wishing to pursue successful community led housing projects.

Community Led Homes

Community Led Homes is the new one stop shop for all information and resources on community led housing. They focus on six forms of community led housing, including Cohousing, Community Land Trusts (CLT's), Community Self-build, Development Trusts, Housing Co-operatives and Self-help housing.

Finance for community led housing schemes

Start up and revenue funding

The National Community Land Trust Network lists sources of possible start up and revenue funding.

Pre development Funding

Community Led Housing - Get Funding

The National Community Land Trust Network Cohesive Communities Fund


Locality, a national network of community-led organisations and associate members lists further funding ideas and resources.
Community grants

Capital revenue

Government Grant and Loan Programme

Shared Ownership and affordable homes programme 2016-21 

Community Led Housing Fund

Private finance

Charity Bank

Ecology Building Society

Triodos Bank

Unity Trust Bank

Big Issue Invest

CAF Venturesome

Publications from community led housing organisations

Community Land Trusts

CLT Handbook (free to members)

Winning over your council

Co-operative housing

New Co-operative and Community Led Homes, (2017) CCH. Nic Bliss and Blasé Lambert


The Cohousing Handbook Scotthanson, Chris & Kelly (2005)

Self build

Right to Community Self Build

Self help housing

Useful documents from self help housing

Community led housing

Eastern Community Homes Hub

Legal formats for community groups

All Community Led Housing Groups must be legally incorporated. Below are four models that can be used.

Disclaimer: This is for information purposes only and all groups should seek independent legal advice.

Community Benefit Society, (also known as an Industrial and Provident Society for the Benefit of the Community). Must be registered with the Financial Conduct Authority

Community Interest Company Ltd. by Guarantee (CIC). Must be registered with the Company Interest Company Regulator

Company Ltd. by Guarantee which is also a registered Charity; Must be registered with Companies House and the Charity Commission

Company Ltd. by Guarantee (but only if it has custodian member of the constitution to ensure the asset lock cannot be voted out)

Further information

Community Land Trusts resources

New co-operative and community led homes

Video resources from community led housing organisations

Community land trusts

National CLT Network - how to set up a CLT

High Bickington

Lyveneth CLT

CLT East

Development trusts

Development trusts

Co-operative and mutual housing societies

Confederation of Co-operative Housing


Springhill Cohousing

LILAC Cohousing

Older Women's Cohousing

Community self-build

Self build (as a cooperative)

Canopy housing project

Self-help housing

Self Help Housing

Case studies

► Community property trusts Case study: High Bickington Community Property Trust (PDF) [158KB]

► Development trusts Case study: Coin Street Development Trust, London (PDF) [96KB]

► Cohousing Case study: LILAC (Low Impact Low Living Affordable Community) (PDF) [97KB]

► Self-help housing Case study: Canopy Housing Project (Self Help Housing) (PDF) [98KB]

► Self-build Case study: Hedgehog Self build Co-op (PDF) [161KB]

► Community gateway associations Case study: Preston City Council Community Gateway Association (PDF) [149KB]