What is the Cohesive Communities Fund?
The Cohesive Communities Fund (CCF), backed by M&G Investments and Power to Change is a new grant programme opening in July 2019. The fund seeks to unlock the skills and capacity within the Community Land Trust (CLT) movement by providing financial and practical support through grants and training.
Funding: In July, groups will be able to apply for a grant of up to £15,000 on top of the technical support. This grant can be used to increase capacity and outreach.
Technical support: you will get 10 days of support from an expert in the field. They will be able to provide advice and guidance to move your CLT forward.
Residential events: successful applicants will be a part of an all-expenses-paid residential. Over the three days, you will build meaningful relationships with others in the community land trust movement and receive training on everything from lobbying and community organising to housing and land policy.
Sector ambassadors: we will provide spokesperson training for selected people who will then be presented with opportunities to speak at events and conferences across England and Wales.
Can I apply for the CCF?
To qualify, your CLT must be in an urban (population over 10,000) area. The programme is for those eager to engage local people in order to increase the number of active members in your group, consequently moving your Community Land Trust forward. We welcome all applications from eligible candidates, but particularly encourage applicants from women, BAME, disabled and LGBTQ+ candidates. We’ll be accepting applications from early July.
Why we're running the CCF
CLTs are in a unique position to promote and embody community cohesion. We'll work to enable groups to overcome the barriers to engagement in making their CLT reflect the community they’re within. A CLT striving towards this holds more legitimacy and power, making it strategically important as well.
The community led housing movement we want to see promotes, enables and facilitates cohesion between people from different backgrounds and communities in making a neighbourhood, town and society work for everyone. The CCF helps us move towards and strengthen this vision.
Who’s working on it?
Polly Adams-Felton, Project Manager
Polly joined the National CLT Network in July 2017. She came to the network from a career in audit in the third sector, working with a wide variety of charities. Before this she worked in research for an investment management firm after achieving her Master’s degree in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Polly is responsible for the oversight and coordination of the CCF project, particularly funding and grants.
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Kennedy Walker, Communications and Campaigns Officer
Kennedy joined the National CLT Network in May 2018. He has a background in campaigns and communications having worked for organisations such as Global Justice Now and the Centre for Labour and Social Studies. Relevant experience in regards to the CCF - he has experience in grassroots organising, mobilisation and political education having been involved in Take Back The City, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, Demand The Impossible, NEONs Movement Builders and more. Kennedy will be leading on the residential events as well as providing general support on the programme.
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