Community led housing

What is Community Led Housing?

Community Led Housing is housing provided for the benefit of the local community. It is about local people playing a leading and central role in solving their specific housing problems, creating genuinely long-term, affordable homes.

The community does not necessarily have to initiate and manage the process, or build the homes themselves, but meaningful community engagement occurs throughout the process.

Often, though not always, the local community group or organisation owns, manages or stewards the homes through a mutually supported arrangement with a Housing Association.


We have funding available to help local communities deliver Community Led Housing. The funding can be used towards start-up costs involved with setting up a Community Led Scheme and we can also provide grants or loans towards the cost of the development. It can also be used to support property renovation.

Please contact the Rural Housing Enabler via phone (01629 761256) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for advice and guidance in bringing forward Community Led Housing Schemes.

Register your interest

If you think Community Led Housing is needed in your area, register your interest in Community Led Housing by completing and returning a 'Register of Interest Form'.

How do I apply?

To apply for a grant, complete and return the 'Community Housing Fund Application form'.

Please be sure to use the information and guidance that can be found on the 'Guidance on Applying for the Community Housing Fund form.'

More Information

For training, funding and practical support to community led housing groups please also see the Community Led Homes website.

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