Sixteen community land trusts have been awarded a share of £329,000 to strengthen their membership base and be champions of inclusivity, equality and diversity.
The Cohesive Communities Fund cohort:
- Cable Street Steering Group - London CLT
- Chorlton CLT
- Forest CLT
- Leeds Community Homes
- Leicestershire Community Housing Project
- Oxfordshire CLT
- Pathway Housing Solutions
- PEC Trust - based in Plymouth
- Safe Regeneration Ltd
- South Bank Community Housing CIC
- St Ann's Redevelopment Trust Ltd (StART)
- St Ives CLT
- Swansea Cohousing
- Waterbeach CLT
- Wyre Forest CLT
The successful CLTs have each been awarded £5,800 to cover technical support costs and up to £15,000 to cover staff costs and other delivery costs.
Community land trusts are set by and for communities, it is required by law that CLTs are open membership organisations. Often powered by volunteers, this flexible funding will help CLTs to engage with more people within a community to ensure their plans genuinely reflect the needs and voices of local people.
Created by the National CLT Network with investment from M&G and Power to Change, the fund is the first of its kind for the community land trust movement.
The National CLT Network will bring the cohort together in early 2020 for a residential gathering where groups can share ideas, their collective experience and grow more powerful.
Polly Adams-Felton, Project Manager at the National CLT Network, said:
“The Cohesive Communities Fund is a wonderful opportunity for groups to build capacity and truly representative memberships. The money will help groups reach out to more people who want to be involved and will undoubtedly have huge amounts to offer but have previously not been able to connect and collaborate with projects.
“The National CLT Network is extremely grateful to M&G and Power to Change for funding this opportunity for the movement to take action and tackle the lack of diversity that exists head-on to become more inclusive and ultimately more effective.”