Enabler Hub Grant Programme

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

Fund now closed

Please read the FAQ about how COVID-19 has impacted this fund here.

What's available?

Area: England

Amount: Development Grants up to £50,000 and Full Grants up to £150,000

Enabler Hubs may apply for a maximum of £150,000, including both the Development and Full grants. For example, you may apply for a £50,000 Development Grant, and then up to £100,000 for a Full Grant.

Open to: regional organisations supporting community led housing groups to deliver projects.

Deadline: The fund was open to applications from April 2019 until 31 January 2020. This fund is now closed.

Enabler Hubs must spend any monies awarded by March 2021, and complete reporting requirements by September 2021.


What are we looking for?

  • The Enabler Hub Grant Programme aims to expand the network of Enabler Hubs - regional organisations supporting community led housing groups to deliver projects, particularly those likely to bid to Homes England or the Greater London Authority (GLA) for the Community Housing Fund.

  • This programme aims to support the wider stakeholder engagement required to create a supportive local environment for community led housing (such as engaging local authorities and housing associations) and to stimulate the creation of new groups and projects


What we'll fund

Development Grant (up to £50,000)

If you are setting up a new Enabler Hub in your region, you may require grant funding to undertake stakeholder engagement, research local opportunities for community led housing and barriers to delivery, develop partnerships that will support delivery, design and trial a sustainable Enabler Hub service model, and set the Enabler Hub up including costs such as legal advice and fees.

We would expect this work to last up to 6 months.

If you are in the process of establishing a new Enabler Hub which is not yet incorporated or is a consortium of groups, then you will need a fundholder to act as an accountable body to hold the grant for you.

Full Grant (up to £150,000)

You will be ready to apply for a Full Grant if you have developed a sustainable business plan and are either ready to, or are already, supporting community led housing groups to deliver projects. The purpose of a Full Grant is to help cover the costs of this work up to March 2021.


What we’ll need from you

In return for the Development Grant and Full Grant funding, Enabler Hubs will need to set out how they will achieve a number of key activities and outputs:

  • Enablers will need to develop a pool of community led housing advisers to provide advice to groups across the spectrum of community led housing approaches.

  • Enablers will need to report on the number of hours of adviser time that will be provided to groups.

  • Enablers will need to report on the number of community groups supported.

  • Enablers will need to deliver local promotional events to develop the local sector and record the number of attendees.

  • Enablers will need to engage with local authorities at the level of senior officers and/or cabinet members and report back on progress to develop more supportive operating environments.


What support Community Led Homes can provide

We can provide 1:1 support to your Enabler Hub, mainly by email/phone but also including visits.

Alison Ward and Peg Alexander are the Community Led Homes’ Hub Development Team who are available to facilitate partnership development, including co-producing and delivering workshops with potential applicants, and helping lead organisations to develop their thinking.

We can provide guidance on your business plan, and your governance and delivery arrangements.

To request support to develop your application and support the development of your Enabler hub please email: hello@communityledhomes.org.uk or call 020 3096 7795.

How to apply

You can read the full guidance on this fund here.

To apply, you’ll need to complete an application form, a skills checklist for community led housing advisers and a project pipeline. You can preview these below but to request the amendable versions please contact hello@communityledhomes.org.uk or call 020 3096 7795

Development Grant application form - preview

Full Grant application form - preview

Skills checklist for community led housing advisers - preview

Project pipeline - preview