Start-Up Support programme

The programme is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and delivered by Community Led Homes.

What's available?

Area: England

Amount: up to £10,000 revenue funding is available

Open to: early stage voluntary and community organisations exploring community led housing.

If you are located in the Greater London Authority area, please speak to Community Led Housing London resource and advice hub to determine what start up support and funding this hub can provide you before you consider applying to this fund.

Deadline: funding must be awarded to groups by March 2020 and spent by groups within 12 months or by March 2021, whichever is sooner.

What are we looking for?

  • The Start-Up Support Programme aims to help groups of local people to develop their own community led housing solutions. The grant programme is targeted to support the earliest stages of a community led housing group’s development and help community led housing projects at an early stage to explore options, to enable community led housing solutions to become a reality.
  • This programme aims to support groups to progress their projects to become ready to apply for further pre-development revenue grants from other programmes. Homes England’s Community Housing Fund programme provides revenue grants to fund pre-development costs so that projects can complete the Group, Site and Plan stages and are ready to start on site or acquire properties.

What we'll fund

  • Seed corn costs (up to £4,000) - All community led housing groups will incur costs during their early stages of a project’s development. Examples include community engagement costs such as room hire, volunteer expenses, staff expenses, legal fees to incorporate the group, travel costs to see other community led housing projects, training course fees and the costs of hiring a professional to undertake site valuations and surveys.
  • 1:1 support from community led housing enabler hubs - Increasing numbers of community led housing enabler hubs are providing specialist 1:1 support. If a hub exists in your local area we will put you in touch with an adviser to arrange your support sessions. You can find out if an enabling hub exists in your area here.
  • Support costs (up to £6,000)
    This start-up support is only available to groups where:
    • There is no Community Led Housing Enabling Hub operating in your area.
    • Your group requires start-up support that falls outside the skillset of your local enabling hub.
    • Your local enabling hub has reasonably taken the view that your group is at too early a stage or needs additional support to become more certain about your approach before you can qualify for support from them at no up-front cost.
    • You would like to work with a community led housing advisor of your choice, who is not an associate of a local enabling hub.

How to apply

You can read the guidance on this funding here.

To request an application form please complete our eligibility checker.

This will ask you some Yes/No questions to help you to determine if you are eligible to apply.

If you are eligible to apply, please fill in your contact details and we will send you a link by email to the electronic application form. The email will be sent to you overnight.