The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has established the Community Buildings and Housing Grants and Support scheme as part of its commitment to giving communities more power in planning local development and what happens in their neighbourhood. The programme is being delivered by Locality, a national network of community-led organisations, on behalf of the Government.
The Community Buildings Project Support Grant scheme is aimed at helping eligible organisations move their project through the planning process to the point where they are able to submit a Community Right to Build Order, or (in the case of community-led housing projects only) a traditional planning permission application.
Grants of between £5,000 and £40,000 are available.
Town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums, and qualifying community groups can apply.
Neighbourhood Forums are organisations that are involved in creating a Neighbourhood Plan in areas where there is no town or parish council.
Community groups must be an incorporated organisation established to further the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of people living, or wanting to live, in a particular area. Incorporated organisations must have a separate legal status. These include Company Limited by Guarantee, Community Interest Company (CIC), Registered Society (also known as Industrial and Provident Society), and Charitably Incorporated Organisation (CIO), etc.
Applicants must have at least 10 members living in different dwellings in the specified area. Individuals who live or work in that area must be entitled to become voting members of the community organisation and be able to exert control of the organisation through a majority of voting rights and places on the board or governing body.
Community groups applying for the Project Support Grant will be expected to have:
- Formed a community organisation.
- Worked up their ideas and proposals into a viable project.
- Engaged with the local community and demonstrated community support.
- Consulted with the local authority.
- Designated a ‘neighbourhood area’ or have plans in place to do so (for Community Right to Build Orders only).
- Secured interest in the project land or buildings, or be able to demonstrate plans to achieve such an interest.
Applications for funding for 2017-18 will be accepted until 1 October 2017 and the funding must be spent by 31 December 2017.
For further information please visit the fund website here.