Community Housing Grants Available

Dover District Local Plan

Community groups looking to deliver Community Led Housing schemes in the area are invited to apply to Dover District Council for housing grants to help their projects, as part of a new scheme that opened May 1st.

DDC’s Community Housing Grants Scheme has been launched to help community groups, with a grant pot of £50k per annum for the next two years, funded by Central Government via the Community Housing Fund.

There are two levels of funding for different stages of a project and groups can apply for one in each year:

Up to £3k to assist in the early stages of a project – for groups to run consultation events, attend training, engage with consultants, identify a site, evidence housing need and demand etc
Up to £10k for projects at a more advanced stage – for assistance with initiation costs such as surveys, feasibility studies, planning advice etc.
The funding is available to support affordable housing developments, which are truly community led, and which provide a long term benefit to the community.

This follows news that there will be a Community Housing and Self-build Conference on 28 June 2018 at Discovery Park. Community Development Officers will be on hand to help community groups who are interested in applying. Entry to the conference is free, but advanced booking is required via the Community Housing pages on the DDC website.

Cllr James Back, Cabinet Member for Built Environment said: “This is an important project, and we are delighted to be able to launch the Community Housing Grants Scheme to help community groups to get projects up and running in the area.”

For more information, including terms and conditions, please see the Community Housing pages – or for more information, sign up for the latest updates through our Keep Me Posted email alert service.


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