Nationwide Building Society – Community Grants
UK Community Foundations is supporting Nationwide Building Society to deliver a programme to help local communities provide better homes. Applications open on 25 July 2017.
More and more families lack a secure or place fit to call home. Too few properties are being built, rental stock can be outdated and in poor condition and there’s a lack of support for the vulnerable.
Nationwide Building Society is meeting this challenge head-on by supporting projects aimed at providing decent places to live in communities which need it most.
Making a dent in the housing crisis will take a team effort. So Nationwide Building Society is inviting local housing charities and causes with great ideas to apply for grants. Nationwide Building Society is also forming Community Boards: panels of Nationwide Building Society members, employees and housing experts who will shortlist the most promising applications. Members then choose which of these we get behind with our funding and know-how.
About community grants
Nationwide Building Society is looking to:
- Provide grants of up to £50,000 for housing projects
- Invite applications from housing charities and causes
- Fund projects that improve local housing issues
- Form Community Boards, made up of Nationwide Building Society members, employees and housing experts region-by-region
- Ask our members to vote for which projects we should support in their local communities
Applications for funding will open in July 2017 in northern England, and will be distributed via County Durham Community Foundation. Applications will close on 3 Sept 2017 and applicants will know whether they have been shortlisted or not in October. Please download and review a copy of the criteria before beginning your application. The programme will be rolled out to other parts of the UK in 2018.
Fund your project
Are you a charity or similar organisation with a housing project that needs funding? We’re looking for innovative and scalable solutions that’ll make a real impact at a local level. We’re making up to £50,000 available plus expert support and time.
As part of the grant funding programme, Community Boards are being set up in every region of the UK. If you’re a Nationwide Building Society member, such as an account holder, this could be a rewarding way to make a difference in your community.
Why this matters
The struggle for a home of one’s own is close to everyone’s heart. Nationwide Building Society was formed by a group of people working together to afford their places of their own. Today, Nationwide Building Society helps millions of people to save or borrow for a home. But they also recognise many are being left behind. This echoes why they were founded – and it’s why they are committed to ensure everyone has a place fit to call home.