Funding for improvement and planned works is always tight, and Connect Housing allocates funding according to the findings of its Stock Condition Survey and Asset Management Strategy. This leaves little flexibility for tenant priorities and input. Therefore, the independent Connect Residents Federation for Connect Housing tenants, the CRF, has lobbied successfully for a special fund for tenants' priorities of £10,000
When applying, it is important to make sure your idea is supported by as many of your neighbours as possible. If you are not sure how to approach your neighbours please get in touch with the Tenant Involvement Officer at Connect Housing by phoning 0300 5000 600.
Every year the CRF revisits the criteria that are used to score applications when the panel meets. Applications under £3,000 are known as small bids and are considered all year round by the CRF committee at their bi-monthly meetings. Applications over £3,000 are considered once a year by a selected panel of 3 CRF members. When the panel meets in the summer the members award points to applications according to the following criteria:
• Does it help with security and crime reduction?
• Does it enhance communal car parking
• Does it benefit the wider community?
Applications must meet at least one of the criteria before they are accepted and start the process for decision.
Decisions for large bids (over £3,000) are made by the panel and the work for successful applications will then commence in late summer 2019. The deadline for large bids is 25th March 2019
To apply, download the application form below or call our Housing Liaison Officers 0300 5000 600 and request a form by post.
CRF Community Fund Application form