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Community Housing Fund

Wiltshire Council was awarded funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to support the delivery of Community Led Housing. We are working in partnership with Community First and Wiltshire Community Land Trust to enable community led affordable housing.

Community Led Housing is about local people providing affordable homes in their communities. Community Land Trusts (CLT) or other community organisations can be set up to provide community led housing and any future community projects.

The criteria of community led housing are:

  • That the community must be integrally involved throughout the process in key decisions
  • Community groups play a long term role in ownership, management or stewardship of the homes
  • Benefits to the local area and/or specified community must be clearly defined and legally protected in perpetuity

Wiltshire Council and partners will provide support and advice to community groups seeking to develop community led housing projects and provide initial grant funding to enable the formation of Community Land Trusts. 

There are opportunities within Neighbourhood Planning to support Community Led Housing. Neighbourhood planning gives communities more control over the future of their area by giving local people the chance to have their say on what happens where they live.

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The purpose of the CHF is to enable and help community led affordable housing opportunities. 

Grants can be applied for to cover project set up costs up to £10,000 and for pre-development feasibility costs up to £40,000 (the latter grant is repayable, unless the project does not go ahead.  
Grant guidance notes and application forms can be found in the download section.

There are other grant funding opportunities to enable Community Led Housing

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If you have any queries regarding the Community Housing Fund, or would like further information on Community Led Housing, please contact the Wiltshire Community Led Housing Team by email: communityledhousing@wiltshire.gov.uk or by telephone: 01380 732816 or 07423 624816

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Last updated: 6 November 2018 | Last reviewed: 6 November 2018