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Nationwide Building Society Community Grants

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Grants are available to charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives for projects that tackle a housing problem in local communities in eligible parts of England.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Nationwide Building Society

Maximum value:

£ 50,000

Application deadline:



Following a member vote in 2007, Nationwide invests at least 1% of pre-tax profits to support good causes each year.

Nationwide Building Society was founded to help people into homes of their own and its ambition that everyone should have a place fit to call home stands firm today.

Objectives of Fund

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 in to a home.

  • Supporting people to thrive within the home environment.

Value Notes

The grants programme awards up to £500,000 across 11 UK regions annually.

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available.

Match Funding Restrictions

Nationwide will part-fund project costs of over 50% of the total project cost, but organisations must be able to secure the remaining project costs within two months of the award.

Who Can Apply

UK registered charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives can apply.

Consortia and partnership are encouraged to apply.

There will be a lead partner that submits the bid and will manage the funds if successful. Lead partners must be an eligible entity but can partner with: statutory organisations, housing associations, companies limited by guarantee with charitable objectives, community interest companies, constituted community or voluntary sector groups. Partnerships should be established before applying.

Applicants should check the list of local authorities on the UK Community Foundations website to see if funding is available in their area.


June 2019 round: Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, West of England, North West, North Midlands and the North East of England.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Projects run by organisations which are not UK registered charities, Community Land Trusts or housing co-operatives. Organisations who wish to gain charitable status before the Nationwide Community Board meets to assess projects will be considered.

  • Individuals or individual sponsorship.

  • Activities connected to a political party.

  • Activities generating private profit.

  • Organisations operating outside the geographical boundaries of the fund.

  • Organisations with a religious affiliation are welcome to apply but religious activities will not be funded. Priority will be given to projects which benefit all possible target beneficiaries irrespective of religious belief.

  • Major/large-scale capital costs - vehicles, land, property.

  • Retrospective costs - reimbursement for costs already incurred.

  • Over 25% of the applicant's annual income.

Eligible Expenditure

Grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Core costs, including running and facility costs, office equipment, supplies, any travel and accommodation, printing.

  • Staff costs for the lead partner - including budget for staffing, full-time staff, external consultants, capacity building/training and other related expenses, eg, translation.

  • Development and capacity building costs - budget to help build capacity and sustainability of organisation e.g. staff/volunteer training, external consultancy fees.

  • Volunteer expenses, including reimbursements of expenses to volunteers, eg telephone calls, travel and meals.

  • Activity costs, including resources to facilitate a project/activity that fall outside capital, volunteer or staffing costs eg catering, insurance.

  • Small-scale capital costs, including small-scale set up costs and one-off expenses for equipment or fixed assets that may have use or benefit beyond the life of the grant/one financial year, such as computer hardware. This can also include perishable capital, items that are required for the delivery of a project, such as paint, paintbrushes and gardening equipment.

  • Building works and refurbishment costs will be considered where they are essential to the successful delivery of the project.

How To Apply

The fund is open across the UK from:

  • 3 June to 5 July - in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, West of England, North West, North Midlands and the North East of England.

  • 21 October to 22 November – in the South.

The application process is as follows:

  • The eligibility criteria, guidance notes, FAQs and financial due diligence and safeguarding guidance notes are available on the UK Community Foundations website as is the link to the application form.

  • Local Community Foundations will shortlist applications, assessing against the eligibility criteria and priorities of the programme.

  • Groups will be notified if their project has / has not been shortlisted by 22 August 2019.

  • A regional Community Board will review the shortlisted applications and decide which projects to fund. The Community Board will be made up of Nationwide members, colleagues and local housing charities on a volunteer basis and supported by representatives from local Community Foundations.

  • Groups will be notified if their project has / has not been successful by 30 September 2019.

Further information is also available on the websites of the participating local Community Foundations. A list of which can be found on the UK Community Foundations website

Groups that would like to discuss their application should contact their local community foundation.

Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Nationwide Building Society
    Nationwide House
    Pipers Way
    SN38 1NW
    Tel: 0800 30 20 11
    Email: [email protected]

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