Community Land Trust Fund

Delivering Affordable Sustainable Housing

Getting to planning

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Once you have got your CLT incorporated and up and running the next big milestone is getting through to planning. We provide a loan to get you there designed around the needs of CLTs.

Funding from the CLT Fund

The Fund offers social investment of up to £50,000 or circa £2k per unit to enable a CLT to prepare plans, commission architects drawings and prepare a full planning submission.

The finance is repayable only if planning is received. This means it is only repaid if the scheme is successful.

Here’s how it works: you will apply to us for finance to assist you in developing your planning submission. This can cover activities such as architects fees, ecological surveys, ground surveys and community consultation. Take a look at our detailed Application guidance (when it is available soon) for more information on what activities we will fund.

We will pay the monies directly to the incorporated organisation. We’ll keep in touch with you quarterly to see how you are getting on and to offer any additional support you might find helpful. If the planning application is successful the money is repayable plus a fee. This will repaid upon drawing down development finance or the sale of the land if the group decides not to follow through with the development.

For our criteria please see our Basic eligibility criteria. We will also require evidence that there is the housing need in your area and that there is appropriate community engagement.

Take a look at our detailed Application guidance (when it is available soon) for more information on our eligibility criteria and what we will fund.

How to apply to the CLT Social Investment Fund

Are you a CLT looking for pre-development or development finance?

The CLT Social Investment Fund is administered by CAF Venturesome and will provide repayable finance to Community Land Trusts looking to build affordable homes in areas of England and Wales that have an acute shortage of affordable housing.

The CLT Social Investment Fund will be open for applications shortly, and we are now accepting expressions of interest from CLTs.

What is the eligibility criteria?

  • Incorporated as a Community Land Trust
  • Based in England or Wales
  • Seeking pre-development finance (repayable finance to support a CLT to get planning permission) or development finance (repayable finance to support a CLT develop its site to completion)

How to express interest?

Write to venturesome@cafonline.org and include:

  • Your name and contact details
  • The name of your CLT
  • A brief description of your CLT and the progress to date

Other sources of national funding

Community Led Project Support Fund

This £17 million public fund exists to help new community entities, building homes and other assets, develop their proposals to a point where they can obtain planning permission or submit a Community Right to Build order. It will cover a variety of technical costs including community engagement, site surveys and business planning support. The fund is open until March 2015 for communities in England.

This Fund is administered by the Homes and Communities Agency for England, and the Greater London Authority for Greater London.

The National CLT Network website has an overview of the funding conditions, and top tips for accessing the grants.

Urban CLT Project

The Urban CLT Project is a special programme run by the National CLT Network to support the development of CLTs in urban areas, and includes some funding to support the development of 20 pilot schemes. For more information and to apply, visit the National CLT Network website.

Other sources of regional  funding

CLT East

CLT East offer pre-development finance for CLTs in Eastern England.

Local authorities

Always speak to your local authority to see if they have any funding available.