Why we are nurturing ideas to change the housing system
We know that there are many organisations and communities with brilliant, imaginative and different ideas about how to deliver the right sort of housing or housing support, which can tackle systemic failings in the housing system. We want to back these promising ideas, allowing them to be trialled and tested, and then help them move through into action, influence and ultimately wide-spread implementation.
The change we want to see is that as a result of our support, we expect that ideas for protecting and creating decent affordable homes will flourish. By this we mean that ultimately they are put into practice and gain investment from other funders, lenders or government to increase the scale at which they are delivered.
Our ambition is that some of the ideas we initially support will eventually show enough promise to leverage funding from other sources and will then gain momentum. We want to ensure that in ten years' time there are many more proven solutions underway, operating to protect and increase the supply of decent, affordable homes for people in need.
We have funding available in the form of grants or social investments to organisations carrying out charitable work. We know that not every idea we support will be successful or replicable, but we want to give them the best possible chance to thrive and to bring those with greatest promise into practice.
The work we support may include researching, testing, developing, piloting and evaluating. The opportunity for your idea to be scaled-up or be replicable at a later stage is important to us, but we know that in some cases the idea will need to be explored first, before this potential is really known.
The ideas we back will need to go beyond case by case approaches, beyond organisational boundaries and offer more than a sticking plaster. Unless we attempt to deal with the root causes of our broken housing system, we will only be mitigating the consequences of it, or even covering its failure, and therefore we will not create the systemic change we want to see.
We would be happy to accept applications from a wide range of grantees, from academics and thinktanks through to small community groups. In addition, we will not always be funding something that is totally new. For example, evaluating the success of an existing model and looking at how it could be replicated successfully, is something we would consider funding. Likewise, proposals for a housing solution which has been used elsewhere and which could be introduced into a new locality may be funded.
Change cannot be effected by just one organisation or in isolation, so we expect fundees to be working in collaboration with other stakeholders in the housing sector, be that other charities, local authorities or funders. Plus, our approach as funder means we will want to work with you so that together we can help your idea flourish.
Alongside our funded work, we will be connecting, collaborating and engaging with others so that we can increase the availability of funding and finance: this element will not be a funded-programme.