We launched our community fund in 2020 to support our communities in London and Hertfordshire. This fund is invested into projects that make a difference to our communities. This is all part of our vision to build strong communities where people can thrive. It is now more important than ever to support our residents and communities to recover from the impact of COVID-19.
Here is all you need to know about our community fund and the Terms and Conditions you must read before making an application.
Who can apply?
Origin Housing resident groups, local voluntary and community groups, charities, social enterprises and any not-for-profit organisations. Individual residents can also apply if they provide evidence that other residents will be involved and that the project is inclusive.
What will we fund?
We award grants of up to £2,000 for projects that address a need in the local community and benefit our residents. We are particularly keen to receive applications for projects that support one or more of our Community Investment priorities listed below:
Supporting families – community events, youth projects, arts.
Increase financial resilience- help people become more confident about managing money, debt management and maximise their income.
Support physical and mental wellbeing - tackle social Isolation amongst older residents and or others in the community affected by loneliness.
Employment and skills – access to training, work experience, local enterprises and start-ups.
Race and equality – tackles inequalities, promotes and celebrate diversity within our communities
Investment in community safety - projects that contribute to tackling climate change such as gardening and tree growing or other safety concerns.
*New for 2021-2022* - fast track applications for residents
Origin residents and resident groups are encouraged to apply to the fund for projects that benefit their communities.
We will be fast tracking all residents' applications for funding of £500 or under for projects or activities that will start at least six weeks after the application is submitted. These applications will receive a decision within one calendar month.
The Community Development team will also support residents with their idea and application to increase the chance of successfully securing funding.
What are the requirements?
To be eligible for our community fund, you must:
Deliver a project/s in our communities. Our priority areas are where we have the most of our homes. In order of size these areas are: Camden, Enfield, Stevenage, Watford, Barnet, Brent, Islington and Harrow. Your project should be no more than 1 mile from our homes so that our residents can primarily benefit.
Demonstrate how you will engage our residents and how your project will have direct impact on our residents.
Be able to demonstrate community support or need in our communities.
For charities/community groups - you should have at least one of these governing documents: a constitution, memorandum of understanding, rules and a bank account with two signatories.
If you are freelance or self-employed, you must show evidence that you've been in operation for at least a year and have been adversely affected by COVID-19.
Deadline and assessment
You can apply during the application windows below. Your application will be assessed by members of our resident panel Spotlight and Origin staff.
21 May – 19 July (decision in August 2021)
20 July – 13 September (decision in October 2021)
14th September – 15 November (decision in December 2021)
How to apply
You must read our Terms and Conditions before applying for our community fund.
Once you are happy with all the terms and conditions, please download the relevant application form below and
send the completed form with all required documents attached to firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you are a bit overwhelmed by the information required, or you'd like to discuss your idea, please call us on 0300 323 0325 and ask for the Community Development Team who will be happy to help and discuss your project.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss your idea with us, email. email@example.com or call 0300 323 0325 (ask for Community Development Team.