Nationwide Building Society

Community Grants


Nationwide Building Society was founded to help people into homes of their own. This Community Grants programme supports local housing projects in your area, so even more people can have a place fit to call home.

How does it work?

Housing projects and charities can apply for grants to help make a change in their local areas. The applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by a regional Community Board, made up of Nationwide members, colleagues and local housing charities. The shortlist will then be put to Nationwide members to vote on in that region. The idea is that we’ll not just be able to give the winning projects a grant, but also community support.

Organisations are invited to apply for:

  • Grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 for bids from singular organisations; and

  • Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for bids from partnerships and consortia.



With these grants, we aim to fund projects that provide housing services to people in need and support the most vulnerable. Successful projects must support one of the three objectives listed below:

  • Preventing people from being homeless, this could be by improving physical, emotional or social condition, e.g  developing new accommodation for those who are currently homeless.

  • Helping people into a home, this could be by helping people into supported accommodation or stabilising rental accommodation e.g helping people to access bond schemes.

  • Supporting people to remain in their home, this could be by supporting people’s independent living within their current home e.g offering adaptations to support older people or people with disabilities to live at home and continue to be active.

We are looking to fund sustainable projects and encourage applications from organisations that:

  • Can draw in match funding; 

  • Are providing long-term solutions to the people they are helping; 

  • Provide skills-building for their staff and volunteers; 

  • Have strategic local partnerships and networks in place.



This fund is open to Registered UK Charities only.

Consortia and Partnerships are encouraged. Within a partnership/consortia there should be a lead organisation that makes the bid. The lead organisation must be a Registered UK Charity but can partner with: statutory organisations, housing associations. Companies limited by guarantee with charitable objectives, Community Interest Companies, constituted community or voluntary sector groups.

As a building society, Nationwide need to ensure they take all necessary steps to prevent Financial Crime. In order to do this, Nationwide will instruct a third-party payments provider to run due diligence checks on successful organisations before any payments can be made.



This fund is not open to:

  • Projects run by organisations which are not UK registered charities;

  • Projects of a duration shorter than one year or longer than two years;

  • Individuals or individual sponsorship;

  • Activities connected to a political party;

  • Activities generating private profit;

  • Organisations operating outside the geographical boundaries of the fund; and

  • Faith groups are welcome to apply but we do not fund religious activities.


The fund is currently closed

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