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The Government’s Community Housing Fund represents the largest injection of public sector financial support for community-led housing for several decades. It is widely regarded as a ‘game changer’ for the sector.

  • The March 2016 budget made a commitment to provide £60 million a year for five years to support community-led housing in mainly rural communities
  • Initial details of this programme, including individual allocations to 148 local authorities, were announced by the Government in late December 2016
  • One third of the funding was to be specifically targeted at South West England, where community-led housing activity is particularly strong and on areas with particular pressure from second home-owners
  • A further Ministerial announcement in November 2017 confirmed that a further two years of the CHF programme would go ahead, but with most of the funding being routed through Homes England on a competitive bid basis and no longer limited to areas with high levels of second homes
  • Routing CHF capital funding through Homes England will mean that community led schemes for affordable rent will necessitate the grant recipient being a Registered Provider
  • An element of the CHF revenue funding will go towards developing an advisory network that supports community groups to bring forward projects
  • Revenue funding will also be available to support the national accreditation of CLH advisors
  • A Homes England Prospectus will set out the criteria for bids, with applications invited from community groups, registered providers, local authorities and any other appropriate organisations
  • On 2nd July, 2018, Secretary of State, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP confirmed that the fund will continue with £163m being committed across England up to 2021. 
  • Homes England will be managing the fund and assessing applications. 
  • Grants will be in two separate tranches; Revenue Funding for planning stages, and Capital Funding for construction. 
Last updated in July 2018