Invitation to tender for Start Up Fund final evaluation

Monday 11 March 2019

We are looking for a contractor to carry out an in-depth evaluation of one of the most important support programmes to the community led housing sector in the past ten years. We’re now accepting tenders for the evaluation of the CLT Start Up Fund.

About the CLT Start Up Fund.

The National CLT Network’s CLT Start Up Fund was set up in its first iteration in 2008. Over 300 groups received support in the ten years the project ran. This included support to get started with their projects, to understand technical issues, to build viable business plans, to incorporate as standalone organisations and more.

Following the closure of the project, the Network are looking to commission an independent evaluation of the Fund. This evaluation will assess the success of the project against the initial objectives set and will also ascertain the importance of similar schemes given the developing state of the Community Led Housing movement.

About the National CLT Network

The National CLT Network is the official charity supporting Community Land Trusts in England and Wale. Our vision is to see a Community Land Trust in every community that wants one.

The National CLT Network is a membership body made up of CLTs and organisations from across the country. We work on behalf of CLTs and in turn, our members shape and govern our work. We provide funding, resources, training and advice for CLTs and work with Government, local authorities, lenders and funders to establish the best conditions for CLTs to grow and flourish.

We are also part of a broad alliance of organisations promoting and supporting community-led housing in the UK.

About the Project

The National CLT Network set up the CLT Start Up Fund, funded by The Nationwide Foundation, The Tudor Trust and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, to support emerging and nascent CLTs across England and Wales. The programme first started in its initial iteration in 2008, became the ‘Start Up Fund’ in July 2014 with additional funding, and came to an end in December 2018 following the complete commitment of all Funds.

The CLT Start Up Fund supported community groups to answer the first questions about whether a CLT was the right vehicle for their project. We also offered expertise and funding to help the groups develop their ideas into an investment-ready business plan.

With the close of the project, we are now looking to commission an in-depth evaluation of the Fund. The research will evaluate the extent to which the project has achieved its objectives and what implications the findings have for the future work of the National CLT Network and organisations involved in the wider sector.

In addition to evaluating the success of the CLT Start Up Fund against its original objectives, we would also like to take stock of the changing context CLTs are operating in and make recommendations on interventions that the National CLT Network and others could make to further support the development of CLTs. This could include funding needs, training, lobbying and other kinds of support.

Further information on this can be found in the Invitation to Tender document at the bottom of this page.

How to apply

Following your review of the Invitation to Tender, if you would like to discuss the research to better understand our aims and requirements, you can contact Polly. Her contact details are: / 020 3096 7793.

Please submit a proposal outlining how you would deliver this research to Polly (by email) by 17:00 on 12 April 2019. Please note that Polly will not be available w/c 25 March 2019.


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