Section: Affordable Housing

Homes England launches strategic partnerships bidding for 2021-26 affordable homes grant funding

Posted 08.04.21
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The Governmen's housing agency has opened a competitive bid round for its latest intake of strategic partnerships.

Homes England is seeking strategic partners with the ambition and capacity to deliver affordable housing at scale. Organisations interested in applying have until noon on 18 May 2021 to submit their proposal online.

Strategic partnerships are one of two routes to access grant funding from Homes England through the Government's Affordable Homes Programme (2021-2026).

Rather than access funding on a scheme-by-scheme basis (via Continuous Market Engagement), strategic partners enter into a multi-year grant agreement with Homes England to deliver affordable housing.

While strategic partnerships have historically only been available to not-for-profit providers, this time Homes England is welcoming proposals from for-profit affordable housing providers (and developers) and local authorities.

Partners can benefit from the certainty of affordable homes grant funding for the duration of the deal, with greater flexibility to deliver and bespoke access to the agency's land and investment capabilities.

In return, strategic partners need to demonstrate how they are supporting Homes England's strategic objectives within their development programme.

This includes the adoption of modern methods of construction, a dedication to high-quality sustainable design and a commitment to working closely with SMEs.

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