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CAF Venturesome


Repayable finance to help Community Land Trusts develop affordable housing in England and Wales.

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The Community Land Trust (CLT) Fund provides finance to support community housing schemes in the UK. 

We offer pre-planning and development finance from £20,000 to £400,000 to CLTs that are:

  • incorporated in England or Wales
  • working on a scheme where at least 50% of the homes being constructed are affordable
  • meet the requirements of being a Community Land Trust

When applying for pre-planning finance, you may be eligible for a grant from Power to Change, as part of our blended finance offer.  The grant could make up between 20 and 50 percent of the total initial ask for a pre-development loan.

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Pre-planning stage

  • For CLTs which have identified a scheme but need financial help to get planning, social investment can pay for commissioning much needed professional support and/or to recruit paid staff to speed up the process of securing planning permission
  • Loans up to £100,000 depending on number of homes and level of risk
  • In partnership with Power to Change, we are able to offer part-grant/part-loan of up to 50% of the total social investment for CLTs in England (excluding London)
  • One-off legal fee of £750
  • Interest rate discussed on application
  • If planning permission is refused we may write-off the loan

 Development stage

  • For schemes which have planning permission and are ready to build homes
  • Loans from £200,000 to £400,000
  • The loan takes second-charge which enables the leveraging of the secured finance (eg from a bank)
  • Typically 7.5% annual interest
  • £750 legal fee and 1% commitment fee
In certain circumstances, we may need to offer you a different interest rate.

Download our CLT leaflet


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Our latest CLT report Helping Communities Build was launched in January 2019, just a fortnight after the announcement from a cross-party commission that the Government must launch the biggest council and social house building initiative on record.

The report was written by two leading academics from Sheffield Hallam Universitry and highlights the need for start-up support if community led housing is to help solve the housing crisis.
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We supported Cornwall St Teath CLT with funding to develop new low cost homes in Cornwall.

Cornwall St Teath CLT

  • Community
  • £374,000

Developing affordable homes, to buy or rent, to meet the needs of local communities across Cornwall.

Meet Cornwall CLT

Broadhempston CLT

Broadhempston CLT

  • Community
  • £45,000

With a pre-development loan of £45,000 from CAF Venturesome, Broadhempston CLT has been able to develop the construction of 6 affordable homes.

Read their story

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