Community development

Hastoe is committed to leading in the creation of sustainable homes and sustainable communities. We offer innovative and effective ways to involve our residents in the work we do and provide ways for them to address their housing and community priorities. Within our communities there is a wealth of knowledge and expertise and as a housing association we are ideally placed to deliver services for these neighbourhoods and communities as well as encourage and support community engagement and empowerment.  

Community Grant Fund


Our Community Grants Fund offers up to £250 to help deliver community-based projects that will benefit Hastoe residents and their local communities.

Throughout 2019 we particularly welcome applications from projects that will support Hastoe’s commitment to the Government’s Year of Green Action – an eco-friendly initiative encouraging people to help protect and improve the environment.

We’re keen to hear from people seeking funding for projects that will make a positive difference in their local area, such as helping to protect wildlife, creating more green spaces, or finding ways to live more sustainable lifestyles. This could be anything from hosting a local litter pick, building a community garden, digging a pond or installing bird/bat boxes. Activities that will help young people to learn more about the natural environment, such as visits to parks, wildlife sites and farms, are also encouraged.

The grants are open to applications throughout the year and are awarded at Hastoe’s discretion, subject to availability of funds.

To apply, please complete our Grants Funding application form.  

Completed forms should be emailed to or posted to: Helen Russell, Hastoe Housing Association, Marina House, 17 Marina Place, Hampton Wick, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 4BH. 

For more information please contact us on 0300 123 2250.

 The Bernard Herridge Charity

The Bernard Herridge Charity Hastoe is a corporate trustee of the Bernard Herridge charity. The objective of the charity is to provide support to meet the needs of older poeple in Somerset. Currently it provides housing in six bungalows in Wincanton, but we were keen to entend this work to projects that make a real difference and have an impact on people's lives, addressing the disadvantages that older people face.  Since 2011, the charity has been supporting the Somerset Village Agents scheme operated by the Community Council for Somerset.    Village Agents are trained to put people in contact with organisations which provide services they need, provide high quality information and promote health and independence.  
Plunkett Foundation

We are supporting the Plunkett Foundation to help rural communities through community-ownership to take control of the issues affecting them. There are over 300 community-owned shops across the UK, thriving in an economic climate that has seen many villages lose their shop or pub and delivering a vital service to their local communities.
Helping Communities become Dementia Friendly

Dementia Friends is a national initiative that is being run by the Alzheimer's Society which aims to make communities more dementia-friendly by increasing understanding of dementia and the small things that others can do that could make a difference to people living with it.  As this is an issue which affects our residents and our staff we are raising awareness of the campaign and encouraging people to get involved by becoming a Dementia Friend or a Dementia Friends Champion.  More details can be found at

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