Community Housing Fund

What is the Community Housing Fund?

Funding is available from Allerdale Borough Council to support affordable community housing projects aimed those finding it difficult to buy a home, such as first-time buyers. The new Government grant has been launched with a number of local authorities aims to tackle the issue of high levels of second homeownership in their communities. Over £4 million being awarded across the Cumbria region as a whole, with £772,000 provided to Allerdale Borough Council.

The Community Housing Fund covers various capital and revenue costs for projects. Capital costs are one-off costs for example associated with building works, or building components, land or equipment that become capital assets. Revenue costs relate to ongoing running costs which may be items of expenditure such as heat, light, rent, wages or insurance for example.

Who can apply?

The fund will focus on areas in Allerdale where the percentage of second homes are highest, such as Above Derwent, Setmurthy, Borrowdale, Ireby and Uldale, Keswick, Lorton, St. Johns Castlerigg and Wythburn, Underskiddaw and Bewaldeth and Snittlegarth, Allonby, Dundraw, Gilcrux, Embleton, Bassenthwaite, Buttermere, Caldbeck and Loweswater.

Grants can be used to support community-led, non-profit making organisations with social aims to deliver affordable community housing. This includes Community Land Trusts, groups interested in self-build or custom build and community groups interested in delivering affordable housing.

Full details of the grant, including eligibility criteria and examples of projects that may receive support can be found in the downloadable documents at the bottom of this page.

How do I apply?

To apply for a grant, simply download and complete the application form in the downloadable documents section at the bottom of the page, then upload it through our online portal. Please be sure to use the guidance document available from the downloads section to help with your application.

You must agree to the Council's Terms & Conditions when applying for a grant. As part of the fund agreement, you must complete a monitoring form to provide feedback throughout the project to ensure all the necessary work is being carried out. A copy of this can also downloaded from the bottom of this page.

For further information on the fund, please contact the Council’s Housing Development team on 0303 123 1702 or email

Downloadable Documents

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Microsoft Word formatCommunity Housing Fund Monitoring Form in Word format36 Kb5 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Microsoft Word formatCommunity Housing Fund - application form in Word format80 Kb11 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Microsoft Word formatCommunity Housing Fund - information and guidance in Word format2877 Kb6 mins 51 secs @ 56k, 12 secs @ 2mb

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