Nationwide Building Society Community Grants

funding update

Aims/priorities: The funding is for local housing projects that will strengthen local communities to support the most vulnerable by:

  • Preventing people from losing their home.
  • Helping people into a home.
  • Supporting people to thrive within the home environment.

The Community Boards will favour projects that:

  • Help charities get back on their feet after the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19.
  • Illustrate a clear link to Nationwide’s ambition for everyone to have a place fit to call home and can demonstrate the impact their project will have on the local community.
  • Are supporting people in housing need, in original or creative ways. This includes both projects already delivering local impact and those carrying out research to find new ways to challenge the housing crisis.
  • Have the potential to inspire and be used by others across the country.
  • Have robust plans to measure and report on the difference the grant will make.
  • Can demonstrate sustainability beyond the life of the grant, by building the skills of staff and volunteers, diversifying funding streams and providing long-term solutions for the people they are helping
  • Can evidence knowledge of local issues and have a network of local connections.

Who can apply? Housing-focused charities across the UK can apply.

Applications will be accepted from the following types of charitable organisations:

  • UK Charities registered with the Charity Commission or OSCR.
  • Community Benefit Societies or Cooperatives registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
  • Community Land Trusts registered with a charity commission in the UK, the FCA or with Companies House as a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee.

To be eligible in 2021, charities:

  • Have been running for at least three years and provide evidence of three years of annual accounts.
  • Should have a £25,000 minimum average income over three years.

Consortia and partnership are encouraged to apply as long as the lead partner is one of these types of organisations and they will manage the grant funds.

Grant amount: Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available. The funding period is for either one or two years.

Nationwide will fund between 50% to 100% of the total project cost.

For example, groups applying for a £60,000 project should apply for a minimum of £30,000.

Application process: The guidance notes, online eligibility checker, frequently asked questions and a downloadable list of questions in the application can all be found on the Nationwide Building Society website.

Deadline:  11pm on 17 June 2021

Contact Information:  Tel: 0800 30 20 11 Email:

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over £25,000
Charitable Company
Partnerships and Consortiums
Registered Charity
Social Enterprise
Funding Theme: 
Unpublish Date: 
Thursday, 17 June, 2021