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Community Housing Fund

What is the Community Housing Fund?

Funding is available from Allerdale Borough Council to support affordable community housing projects aimed at 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. 

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.

Who can apply?

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. The fund will focus on areas in Allerdale where the percentage of second homes are highest.

Full details of the grant, including eligibility criteria and examples of projects that may receive support can be found in the information and guidance document, which can be downloaded below:

Download the Community Housing Fund information and guidance

How do I apply?

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

Download the Community Housing Fund application form

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 below.

Download the Community Housing Fund monitoring form

Contact us if you would like any further information on the fund or help with applying.


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