163m has been made available to communities across England, being phase 11 of the Community Housing Fund, to create a community led affordable Housing Scheme.
Phase 1 of the fund which launched in July, supports applications for capacity buildings, pre-development revenue funding and capital funding for local infrastructure projects, while Phase 11 is open to eligible organisations to bid for capital grants to fund the costs of acquiring land and building community led housing schemes. The aim of the fund is to give local people a leading and lasting role in delivering local affordable housing.
The General Manager for Housing Programmes at Homes England Jackie Jacob said “Community led housing is about giving local people the lead to solve local housing problems and provide affordable homes in their communities, At Homes England were committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing where its most needed. Its great to make funding available for community groups across England, to transform how the homes are delivered locally”.Bidding is open to a range of organisations, both Local Authorities and Registered Providers may apply on behalf of community groups to support them through this process.
Bidding for both phases is now open on a Continuous Market Engagement Basis via the Homes England Portal.