One Public Estate (OPE) has launched a new £10 million funding round and is inviting applications from new and existing partnerships to bring forward collaborative public sector property projects. Newly funded projects will generate public sector efficiencies and support wider recovery efforts in response to COVID-19.
The new funding is alongside an additional £20 million of Land Release Fund from Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), which is delivered through One Public Estate. The Land Release Fund will provide capital funding to release surplus council-owned property for housing development.
The new funding was announced by Cabinet Office Minister Lord Agnew at the CiH Housing 2020 Virtual Festival in partnership with MHCLG and LGA. Further details can be seen in the press release.
Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said:
“Councils continue to lead their communities through the coronavirus crisis, working closely with other local partners including health and emergency services.
“One Public Estate will play a crucial role as we move into the next phase and help with the local and national economic recovery. This additional funding will support councils to make better use of their assets, including their spare land and property, to help join up local services.
“This in turn will create new savings and efficiencies, as we look towards the future of local public services after the pandemic.”
The funding window will close on 12 November 2020. For full details of the funds and how to apply, please download our prospectus.
For support and advice whilst developing your application please contact your OPE Regional Team.