Keytree creates the ‘Open Project System’ – streamlining GLA funding applications
London is one of the world’s most desirable and expensive places to live, and for residents, buying or renting a property can be a challenge. The Greater London Authority (GLA) is combatting the issue by planning to commence building over 90,000 affordable homes by 2021. Keytree helped the GLA digitalise the grant application process for organisations developing and building these new homes.
To make the plans a reality, the Mayor of London has secured more than £3bn of government funds to support building affordable homes, and in November 2016 launched the Homes for Londoners: Affordable Homes Programme 2016-21. The programme will help housing associations, community groups, London boroughs and private developers obtain financing to build new affordable homes in London.
The GLA previously supported its housing programmes with a range of heritage IT systems from the Homes and Community Agency that were either being switched off, no longer supported, inefficient or represented poor value for money. These legacy systems made the process of applying for funding slower, often with navigation issues encountered by users.
Following a competitive process, the GLA awarded Keytree the contract to create a simplified and efficient way for recognised providers to apply for funds – and the Open Project System was born.