Funding opportunities for new communities

This page outlines some of the key funding opportunities for new communities that are currently open for applications and relevant for new communities.

We will do our best to ensure that these are kept up to date, so please check this page regularly.

For more information about these opportunities, get in touch with Homes England or the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Last updated: 28/09/2023

Current funding opportunities include:

SectorName of the fundDepartment/ AgencyFurther informationTimescale
TransportGrant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructureOffice of Zero Emission VehiclesGrants to support the wider use of electric and hybrid vehiclesVarious
Housing   Home Building FundHomes EnglandAimed at private sector businesses to build new homes or prepare sites for developmentRolling basis
HousingLevelling Up Home Building FundHomes England Fund providing loans to support small and medium size enterprises and housebuilders. Rolling basis
HousingAffordable Homes Programme 2021 to 2026Homes EnglandGrant funding to support the capital costs of developing affordable housing for rent or saleFunding decisions will be made on a regular basis up until the end of March 2025.

Funding announcements

Below are some of the announcements from the Government relating to funding for new homes.

Name of the fundAnnouncementDepartment/AgencyWhereWhen
Newstead SME Real Estate Lending Fund (RELF)Homes England and partners have contributed £80 million to the fund. The fund aims to support SME housebuilders. Homes EnglandGOV News23rd May 2023
The Digital Planning ProgrammeDLUHC announced 15 councils had been awarded a total of £3.2 million, as part of their scheme to help digitalise the planning systemDepartment of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities GOV Blogs23 March 2023
Garden Communities Funding The Government announced £15 million of funding for it’s Garden Communities Programme, bringing the schemes total funding to £69 million. Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities GOV News21st May 2022
Land Release Fund (LRF) and the One Public Estate (OPE) programmeAdditional £30 million to help release surplus land for housing and support local economies to bounce back from the pandemic.Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local GovernmentSpeech at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference9th September
Funding for active travel £2 billion package to create new era for cycling and walking as part of £5 billion funding announced for cycling and buses in February Department for Transport GOV news 9th May 2020
Housing Infrastructure Fund£1.1 billion for nine different areas including Manchester, South Sunderland and South LancasterHM TreasuryBudget 2020March 2020
Affordable Homes Fund£12.2 billion for the Affordable Homes ProgrammeHM TreasuryBudget 2020March 2020
Garden Communities Funding*£6 million will be allocated to help new locally-led garden towns and villages progress plans to deliver up to 200,000 new homes.*An additional £1.9 million will be given to councils in England to support new neighbourhood plans.Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local GovernmentPress release MHCLG websiteJanuary 2020
Single Infrastructure Fund£10 billion to provide the roads, schools and GP surgeries needed to support new homesMinistry of Housing, Communities & Local Government2019 Conservative Manifesto2019