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Community Fund

The fourth year of Origin’s Community Fund will be launched on Monday 9 October 2023 to support our communities in London and Outer London.

The funding will be invested in 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 as the cost of living crisis continues to affect many people. 

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.  

Resident Community Fund 

Origin residents and resident groups are encouraged to apply to the fund for projects that benefit their communities.

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.  

Deadline and assessment 

The Community fund will be open year round.

Application’s received will be reviewed on a monthly basis.

Applicants will receive a decision within 2 calendar months. 

How to apply 

You must read our Terms of Conditions before applying for our community fund.  

Once you are happy with all the terms and conditions, please complete the relevant form using the links below:

  • Community Fund Application form up to £2000 - apply here
  • Resident Community Fund Application form up to £500 - apply here.   

Why not apply by sending us a video application 

Simply answer all the questions on the form. 
Videos must be a maximum of 5 minutes. 
No Background noises. 

Contact us 

If you have any questions or wish to discuss your idea with us, email. community.development@originhousing.org.uk or call 0300 323 0325 and ask for Resident and Community Engagement Team.