Community Housing Fund

Herefordshire Council has been allocated £500,000 to invest in support of the government's agenda. We are using the investment in a variety of ways, but the majority of funding will be released in two grant schemes:

Community Housing Fund Start-Up Grant

You can apply for between £1,000 and £10,000 to support the costs associated with helping to build collaboration, skills and supply chains at a local level to promote and support community-led housing. You are able to apply for costs associated with setting up a community-led group. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Understanding the potential costs of your proposal, exploring alternatives, and sources of finance
  • Help with putting together a project plan
  • Training sessions for members of the team on governance, management and community organising
  • Costs associated with the appropriate legal structure for the group, appropriate costs with benchmarking other schemes
  • Publicity materials

Download the Community Housing Fund Start-Up Grant guidance notes

Apply for the grant

Community Housing Project Support Grant

You can apply for between £5,000 and £40,000 per community housing project, to pay for items that ensure that your group's plan or concept is deliverable and to move a project forward to the planning process. However, in exceptional circumstances we may consider applications of a higher value.

Community groups applying for the Project Support Grant will be expected to have:

  • Worked up their ideas and proposals into a viable project proposal
  • Engaged with the local community and demonstrated community support
  • Consulted with the local authority
  • Secured interest in appropriate land or buildings

Costs eligible under Community Housing Project Support Grants include, but are not limited to:

  • Engaging an architect and/or other professionals such as surveyors to carry out works needed to produce detailed plans
  • Legal, financial or other professional input to your project
  • Housing needs surveys
  • Technical studies
  • Planning fees incurred
  • Costs associated with public engagement and consulting on your project
  • Resource of expertise shared to support multiple schemes

Download the Community Housing Project Support Grant guidance notes

Apply for the grant

Email your completed form and project costs spreadsheet to delegatedgrants@herefordshire.gov.uk or send them to Delegated Grants and Programmes Team, Herefordshire Council, Plough Lane Offices, Plough Lane, Hereford HR4 0LE. When we receive your application, we will acknowledge receipt.