The National CLT Network has launched the second round of grant funding to see Community Land Trusts thrive in cities across England and Wales. Urban communities of all characters are invited to take part.
Across the country communities are organising their own solutions to deepening housing affordability problems or to take back control of the regeneration of their neighbourhood. There is a buzz of enthusiasm for Community Land Trusts (CLTs) as a solution to housing issues in our cities. However, the pace of growth for urban CLTs has been slower in cities and the journey often more challenging than for their rural colleagues.
The National CLT Network is running a two-year Urban CLT Project, funded by the Oak Foundation, to see CLTs thrive in a range of urban environments. Today we launch a second round of funding, providing grants of up to £10,000 to potential or existing Community Land Trusts in urban areas to develop their projects.
Grant funding is available to address such costs as legal fees, community engagement, business planning, support with negotiating with local authorities and finding a development partner.
In addition, successful applicants will be invited to take part in a programme of practitioner events, training and peer networking.
Gemma Tighe, Programme Manager at the National CLT Network, says: “We want to see a real movement of successful urban CLTs on the ground, and active support for urban CLTs from local authorities and funders. We invite communities from across the country to get involved”.
The programme opens on 21st September 2015. The deadline for applications is midnight 2nd November.
Last year the National CLT Network supported 11 Urban CLTs from across the country, with very different ambitions and challenges, including East London CLT, Naked House CLT and West Kensington and Gibbs Green in London, Bristol CLT, Brighton and Hove CLT, Oxfordshire CLT and Thrift CLT for Soham in the south, Homebaked CLT and Granby4Streets in Liverpool, and West Rhyl CLT in Wales.
For more information about the programme, visit the Urban CLT Project website: https://sites.google.com/a/communitylandtrusts.org.uk/urban-project/home or the National CLT Network site, www.communitylandtrusts.org.uk.
Notes to editors:
The Urban CLT Project started in June 2014, is funded by the Oak Foundation and is running for another year, with 20 urban CLTs supported during the course of the two years. Applications are welcome from across the country and from groups at all stages of development.
Further information about the Urban CLT Project can be found on the Urban CLT Project website: https://sites.google.com/a/communitylandtrusts.org.uk/urban-project/home or the National CLT Network site www.communitylandtrusts.org.uk, or by further enquiry to Gemma Tighe at the National CLT Network via firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 3764 1840