Nationwide Building Society Community Grants, Housing Projects – open until 22 November 2019

Article date
30 October 2019
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Nationwide are looking for local housing projects that will strengthen local communities to support the most vulnerable. The three target areas are:

  1. Preventing people from losing their home
  2. Helping people into a home
  3. Supporting people to thrive within the home environment

Grants are available for 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. See examples of previously funded projects.

You can apply if:
  • Your organisation is a registered charity, CIO or housing co-operative.
  • You have at least 3 unrelated trustees.
  • You have at least two unrelated bank signatories.
  • The amount applied for is less than 25% of your organisation’s annual income.
  • You are applying for 50% or more of the total project cost.
  • The project is between one and two years.
  • The project relates to one of the three Nationwide target areas (above).
What you can use the funding for
  • Core costs of up to 20%.
  • Staff and volunteer costs for the lead partner.
  • Small-scale capital costs, e.g. computers.
  • Activity costs, e.g. catering or insurance.
  • Development and capacity building costs, e.g. staff/volunteer training.
  • Building works and refurbishment costs where they are essential to the successful delivery of the project.
How to apply

Apply online here. You will need to supply:

  • A copy of your most recent annual accounts.
  • A copy of a recent bank statement in your organisation’s name.
  • A copy of your governing documents.
  • Copies of your safeguarding and equal opportunities policies.
  • Copies of any job descriptions for new posts that will be recruited as a result of this grant.
Further guidance
  • You can access the detailed guidance here.
  • Additional information about Community Grants can be found here.
  • The deadline is 22 November 2019.
  • If you need support with your governance, such as the above mentioned policies and procedures, please contact advice@rva.org.uk or telephone RVA on 0118 9 372273