On September 12th South Cambs District Council and Cambridge City Council launched a new community-led housing initiative in conjunction with CLT East.
DCLG’s Community Housing Fund recently awarded both South Cambs District Council and Cambridge City Council just over £50,000 each in grant funding to help boost the provision of affordable homes delivered by community-led housing groups. The two Councils have decided to pool their funds and embark upon a year-long pilot of advice, support and funding for local community groups to kick start their housing ambitions.
As part of this initiative a competitive grant fund of up to £4500 per group has been launched by the local authorities. The grant fund will be available to groups that wish to pursue any model of community-led development, from CLTs to cohousing to self-build. This funding is intended to help communities to develop their ideas for community-led housing, explore opportunities in their local area and form a legally recognised entity in order to further their plans. Prior to application groups also have the opportunity to undertake a free scoping exercise with a CLT East technical adviser, who will complete a report of findings and recommendations for the group.
Both South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council are really excited to see groups come forward and to see some genuinely community-led and genuinely affordable housing schemes progress. They hope that this funding, in conjunction with the support CLT East are providing to the Councils and communities, will allow local people to take the future of their community back into their own hands and provide much needed affordable, good quality housing to local people who would otherwise be priced out of the area.
For more information, or if you would like to know how you can apply to the fund, please contact Emily Mulvaney at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01353 668985 or 07766 991145.