Funding – wMUCH small grants

Do you have a project which could support an increase in community led housing in the West Midlands? You might be eligible to apply for a grant of up to £1000 to pay for costs that will help you to progress your project. Please check the explanation and eligibility criteria under Who can apply below and the kinds of costs and activities that we can fund underWhat you can spend the money on. Applications will be open until funds are allocated.

Who can apply

These grants are designed for early stage community led housing groups and organisations to pay for costs of up to £1000 that they would otherwise struggle to meet and are needed to help them progress in their development.

Community led housing organisations who are a bit further along in their journey may also be eligible for help with similar costs if they are not able to pay for them using existing funds or if they are in a funding gap.

Applicants should also meet the eligibility criteria below:

  • Your project must be based in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall or Wolverhampton
  • Your project must align with wMUCH’s organisational objectives of increasing community led housing and community control of existing homes in the West Midlands
  • Your project must evidence community benefit e.g. have a positive impact on the local community, a specific group of people (an intentional community), or both
  • You must be able to complete the activities and spend the grant by 30 Sept 21
  • Your organisation must have a bank account

The maximum value of funding that each organisation can receive from this fund is £1000.

What you can spend the money on

This list does not include everything. If you’re not sure whether your costs or activities would be eligible, please contact us at [email protected]

We can fund a variety of costs and activities required for your project, such as:

  • Community engagement including room hire, speaker costs, refreshments, materials, online tools e.g. Zoom or Survey Monkey
  • Publicity and promotional activity – creating and distributing material both physical and online e.g. printing, postage, website development
  • Legal advice, including on governance
  • Professional service fees such as valuations and site surveys
  • Training e.g. on governance issues, running a community organisation, using online tools
  • Costs associated with registering an organisation/ incorporation.

How to apply

If you meet the description and eligibility criteria set out under ‘Who can apply’ and are seeking funding for costs and activities similar to those described in ‘What you can spend the money on’, then you can apply for up to £1000 by completing a short online application form.

If you would like to see the questions and prepare your answers in advance, the questions on the form are available below.

If you have any questions about your application, please contact us at [email protected].