Community led housing resources
We've put together a list of some of the most useful community-led housing resources, for groups at every stage of the process.
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.
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.
Start up and revenue funding
Locality, a national network of community-led organisations and associate members lists further funding ideas and resources.
► Community grants
Government Grant and Loan Programme
► Shared Ownership and affordable homes programme 2016-21
Community Land Trusts
Self help housing
Community led housing
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)
Community land trusts
► CLT East
Co-operative and mutual housing societies
► Community property trusts
► Development trusts
► Self-help housing
► Community gateway associations