LandAid, the property industry charity, has opened its annual £1 million funding programme to bring empty properties across the UK into use for young people in housing need. LandAid will fund work across the UK which turns empty properties into supported accommodation for young people who are either homeless, or at severe risk of becoming homeless.
LandAid welcomes applications from organisations with experience in renovating empty properties. Applicants must be UK organisations with charitable objectives, including:
- UK registered charities
- UK registered societies, community benefit societies, ‘pre-commencement societies’, industrial and provident societies
They do NOT fund statutory organisations, churches or individuals.
Areas of interest
LandAid are also particularly interested in projects which include one or more of the following:
- On-site construction training and/or apprenticeships for unemployed young people
- On-site volunteering opportunities for local unemployed people
- Value for money
- Specifications in the building work to benefit future tenants. E.g. the renovations involve energy conservation and efficiency measures, and also building work to minimise long term maintenance issues in older properties (e.g. condensation).
Size of grant
- Applicants can apply for grants between £50,000 and £150,000. The main focus of this grant round is to provide capital funding to part fund or fully fund building work. Up to 25% of the total grant applied for can be for a contribution towards a related salary.
- LandAid expects to award up to ten organisations grants of average £100,000, these grants will be awarded in batches from March 2016 to March 2017. The exact number and amount of grants we award depends on the applications we receive.
- LandAid will consider building projects due to start on site within the next two years.
- LandAid is happy to receive applications where we will part fund a project with other funders as well as being the sole funder. In these circumstances, LandAid will normally require that all other funding is secured before releasing the grant payment.
The application process has three stages:
- First stage: online application form;
- Second stage: contact from the LandAid grants team – involving telephone conversations and/or a visit – an opportunity to discuss the application and find out more about your organisation;
- Third stage: an updated and more detailed written application which will form the basis of the funding agreement if successful.
The deadline for applications is 10.00am on Monday 16 November 2015.
For further details and to apply, please follow this link.