Community Land & Finance CIC

Community Land & Finance (CLF) is a Community Interest Company (CIC) set up to assist community-led groups in developing and financing assets to achieve more sustainable and resilient communities.

CLF is a member of Responsible Finance (previously the Community Development Finance Association) website:  www.responsiblefinance.org.uk and serves as a Responsible Finance Provider, currently operating two loan funds, which can provide finance for community-led, asset projects including:

Affordable housing
Small scale renewables;
Workspaces and business hubs;
Community shops and farms.

If you are a community group seeking to raise finance for an asset project, for more information on these funds, qualifying criteria and the application process please click on the fund below:

Affordable Homes Rental Fund – accepting applications
Community Share Underwriting Fund – fully deployed

As a Responsible Finance Provider, Community Land & Finance adheres to the Ten Standards of Compliance of the Responsible Finance Code of Practice:

  1. Clarity in respect of loan interest rates, repayment, default and cancellation arrangements
  2. Customer awareness that the responsible finance provider adheres to these ten standards within the Code of Practice, in a customer-facing document published on their website

  3. Legal compliance – the responsible finance provider will comply with all relevant laws, regulations and the requirements of its regulators, including the timely submission of accounts and returns

  4. Clear financial processes – the responsible finance provider will adhere to financial approval and decision making processes, operate a well-managed portfolio, and its Board will monitor the finances of the organisation

  5. Accountability by the Board – the Board will always act in the best interests of the responsible finance provider, representing its shareholders and/or members, and reporting back to them
  6. Management of Risk – the Board will establish or ratify policies and decisions on all matters that might create significant risk to the responsible finance provider, financial or otherwise, and maintain a risk register

  7. Internal controls – the responsible finance provider will maintain a set of procedures designed to protect against financial mismanagement and fraud

  8. Conflicts of Interest: A responsible finance provider will manage any conflicts of interest arising out of its governance or business activities

  9. Complaints: A responsible finance provider will deal honestly and efficiently with all complaints and if necessary will take part in conciliation or go to arbitration

  10. Social Performance: A responsible finance provider will take steps to measure and report on its