Community led housing resources

We've put together a list of some of the most useful community-led housing resources, for groups at every stage of the process.

New grants for community-led housing schemes
Advice and support
Finance for community led housing schemes
Publications from community led housing organisations
Legal formats for community groups
Video resources from community led housing organisations
Case studies

New grants for community housing schemes

The Council is pleased to announce small grants to assist community groups who wish to deliver  affordable housing to meet identified need in their area. 

A total of £2000 is available to assist community groups to scope out their ideas, draw up plans and reach legal incorporation. Community groups can include organisations that are already legally incorporated such as Parish and Town Councils or emerging groups, such as those wishing in building their own homes,  who are still working up their plans. This can include using the Community Land Trust, Co-operative or Cohousing models.  

Further information about these models and how they benefit communities can be found on UDC's website.  Interested groups are invited to apply for a grant or to speak to Judith Snares, Housing Strategy and Operations Manager, (01799 510510) in the first instance. Further information can be found on the Icon for pdf criteria for small grants [262.75KB] whilst the Icon for word application form [35.24KB] is found.


Advice and support

The Eastern Community Homes Hub has been established to provide advice, support and guidance to communities in the East of England wishing to pursue successful community led housing projects.

Finance for community led housing schemes

Start up and revenue funding

The National Community Land Trust Network lists sources of possible start up and revenue funding.

Pre development Funding
Community Led Housing - Get Funding

                  ►The National Community Land Trust Network Cohesive Communities Fund


Locality, a national network of community-led organisations and associate members lists further funding ideas and resources.
Community grants

Capital revenue

Government Grant and Loan Programme

Shared Ownership and affordable homes programme 2016-21 
Community Led Housing Fund

Private finance

Charity Bank
Ecology Building Society
Triodos Bank
Unity Trust Bank
Big Issue Invest
CAF Venturesome

Publications from community led housing organisations

Community Land Trusts

CLT Handbook (free to Members)
Winning over your Council

Co-operative housing

New Co-operative and Community Led Homes, (2017) CCH. Nic Bliss and Blasé Lambert


The Cohousing Handbook Scotthanson, Chris & Kelly (2005)

Self build

Right to Community Self Build

Self help housing

Useful documents from self help housing

Tenant management company

Toolbox for Tenant Management Company

Community led housing toolkit

► HACT community led housing toolkit for local authorities and housing association partners

Legal formats for community groups

All Community Led Housing Groups must be legally incorporated. Below are 4 models that can be used. Disclaimer: This is for information purposes only, all groups should seek independent legal advice.

Community Benefit Society, (also known as an Industrial and Provident Society for the Benefit of the Community);Must Register with Financial Conduct Authority

Community Interest Company Guarantee (CIC);Must register with The Company Interest Company Regulator

Company Ltd. by Guarantee which is also a registered Charity; Must be registered with Companies House and the Charity Commission

Company Guarantee (but only if it has custodian member of the constitution to ensure the asset lock cannot be voted out)

Further information

Community Land Trusts resources
New co-operative and community led homes

Video resources from community led housing organisations

Community land trusts

National CLT Network - how to set up a CLT
High Bickington
Lyveneth CLT
CLT East

Development trusts

Development trusts

Co-operative and mutual housing societies

Confederation of Coops and Mutual Housing Societies


Springhill Cohousing
LILAC Cohousing
Older Women's Cohousing

Community self-build

Self build (as a cooperative)
Canopy housing project

Self-help housing

Self Help Housing

Case studies

► Community property trusts Icon for pdf Case study: High Bickington Community Property Trust [158.21KB]
► Development trusts Icon for pdf Case study: Coin Street Development Trust, London [96.61KB]
► Cohousing Icon for pdf Case study: LILAC (Low Impact Low Living Affordable Community) [97.31KB]
► Self-help housing Icon for pdf Case study: Canopy Housing Project (Self Help Housing) [98.67KB]
► Self-build Icon for pdf Case study: Hedgehog Self build Co-op [161.71KB]
► Tenant management organisations Icon for pdf Case study: Belle Isle Tenant Management Organisation [148.3KB]
► Community gateway associations Icon for pdf Case study: Preston City Council Community Gateway Association [149.01KB]