Community-led housing

The Mayor wants Londoners to have the opportunity to play a leading role in building their own communities. To help them do this, he is acting to boost the development of new community-led homes by:

Community Housing Fund

The Mayor has secured London's share of the Community Housing Fund and is delivering a programme for the capital. The programme outside London is being delivered by Homes England.

Funding Prospectus 

The Mayor published the Community Housing Fund prospectus in January 2019. The prospectus sets out the fund’s objectives, which are to: 

  • increase housing supply in London by boosting the number of homes delivered by the community-led housing sector;

  • provide housing that is affordable at local income levels and remains so in perpetuity; and
  • deliver a legacy for the community-led housing sector in the form of an effective and self-sustaining body of expertise. 

The programme is providing the following funding: 

  • revenue grants to community-led groups to help cover the costs of project-specific activities that will support development of proposals for new housing schemes, pre-development costs, preparing for planning applications and post-planning costs.  
  • capital funding for the delivery of new homes; and 
  • development finance to support delivery of CLH schemes 

All organisations and groups interested in bidding for revenue and/or capital funding should contact the Community-Led Housing London Hub at in the first instance to discuss their application. 

Organisations and groups interested in bidding for revenue funding should e-mail their completed 'Application Form' for revenue to the Community-Led Housing London Hub at [email protected] 

Organisations and groups interested in bidding for capital funding should e-mail their completed ‘Expression of Interest' form to the Great London Authority at [email protected] 


The GLA has in place an Anti-Money Laundering Policy. This covers, in particular the checks we will undertake when we make interest free loans and recoverable grants to other entities and individuals. 

Community-Led Housing London Hub

For the first time, there is a one-stop shop giving organisations the information, capacity-building and technical support they need to get their community-led housing projects up, running and delivered.

The Community-Led Housing London Hub was launched in July 2017 and is hosted by CDS Co-operatives. It is a collaborative venture with the community-led housing sector. The Mayor is contributing £250,000 over three years to the Hub and has secured approximately £300,000 from boroughs.

Small Sites, Small Builders

Through the Small Sites, Small Builders programme, launched in February 2018, the Mayor has earmarked two TfL-owned sites for community-led housing: Cable Street in Tower Hamlets and Christchurch Road in Lambeth.

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