Nationwide Building Society - Community grants for local housing projects

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.  The Nationwide Community Grants programme awards up to £500,000 across 11 UK regions annually.

Expected outcomes

Nationwide are looking 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

How it works

Charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to make a change in your local area. The applications will be reviewed and voted on by a regional Community Board, made up of Nationwide members and colleagues. And it’s more than just money, the funded projects will also get community and volunteering support.


We will prioritise organisations that:

  • 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

  • Projects that 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 projects/ideas that have the potential to 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

  • That can evidence knowledge of local issues and have a network of local connections

Scheme details

  • Nationwide grants are between £10,000 and £50,000 and the funding period is between one and two years.

  • Nationwide will fund between 50% to 100% of the total cost of the project. For example, if your organisation is seeking funding for an £80,000 project, you should apply for a minimum of £40,000. Successful organisations will be required to raise any remaining project costs within two months of the award.

  • Nationwide will fund a maximum of 25% of an organisation’s annual income, for two-year projects this can be per annum. For partnership projects we will accept a combined income.

How to Apply

Please visit for further information, to see the eligibility checklist and for a link to the online application.  

Before you submit your application you may find it useful to take a look at some of the projects previously funded by the Nationwide Community Grants programme, you’ll find a summary of these at

 Closing Date - Friday 5th July 2019