Nationwide Community Grants Programme

This fund is now open for applications. Deadline: 22 November 2019.

The Nationwide Community Grants programme

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 grants of up to £50,000 to local housing projects that will strengthen local communities by supporting the most vulnerable by:

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

Nationwide believes doing what is right by their members and their communities is at the heart of what it means to be a building society. Following a member vote in 2007, Nationwide invests at least 1% of pre-tax profits to support good causes each year.

The deadline for applications is 22 November 2019.

Guidance for applicants

We’ve created guidance on what makes a good grant and financial due diligence requirements which we hope will support grant applicants, these can be downloaded below:

Full eligibility criteria 

Guidance for applicants 

Financial Due Diligence and safeguarding guidance 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Example grants awarded from the 2018 programme are:

Crawley Open House

Providing former homeless people in the area with practical and emotional support so they can live independently.

Emmaus Brighton & Hove

Supporting people out of homelessness and unemployment by giving them somewhere to live and work.


Providing specialist advice for domestic abuse survivors and their families in Brighton to enable them to access suitable, safe housing.

YMCA Downslink

Supporting young people to live independently and achieve their work/learning ambitions in Sussex and Surrey.

How do we apply?

Applications should be made on the online application form here. The applications will be reviewed and voted on by a regional community board, made up of Nationwide members, colleagues and local housing charities. And it’s more than just money, the funded projects will also get community and volunteering support.

Good luck!

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