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Fair Housing Futures

16 Aug 2019 - 10:38 by michelle.foster

Nationwide Building SocietyFunded by the Nationwide Foundation and led by the FHF Partnership Board, Fair Housing Futures has been established to improve the experience of private renting for those with limited financial and social support in Greater Manchester. The ambition is to help create a private rented sector (PRS) that provides decent and affordable homes for people in need.

What is the focus of the fund:
Delivered in partnership with the Community Foundation and Shelter, the primary focus of the fund is to test trail-blazing solutions to the issues that vulnerable people face whilst renting. As part of the project, they have conducted a research exercise of the PRS in Greater Manchester. This research has helped to identify the priorities for the Fair Housing Futures Test and Learn Grant Fund and develop the funding categories.

The FHF fund will support projects to:

  • Improve communication between tenants, landlords and letting agents to enhance the renting journey
  • Empower tenants by raising awareness of existing rights, services, regulation and enforcement
  • Support landlords by improving their awareness of regulation and enforcement, and help them manage their experiences and expectations of being a landlord
  • Break the stigma of vulnerable tenants in the PRS, particularly those in receipts of benefits

Projects should either be brand new initiatives or alternatively those that are proven to work and need further investment to be scaled up.

Who we will fund:
The FHF fund is open to charitable organisations including registered UK charities, CIC’s (Limited by Guarantee), constituted community groups and co-operatives. In addition, Local Authorities (for non-statutory projects) are eligible to apply. Please contact the Community Foundation if you have any questions on eligibility.

Projects need to be based in Greater Manchester and should cover at least one of the ten boroughs (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan)

How much is available:
Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 per year for up to 3 years

For further information, visit: www.lancsfoundation.org.uk/funds/fair-housing-futures, or contact James Proctor, on 0330 440 4900, or email: james@cflm.email

Deadline: 30 September, 17:00

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