Nationwide Community Grants

Status:  Open to applications

Application Deadline: 7th December 2018


Grants of up to £50,000 are available to support charities that help vulnerable people with their housing needs.

Fund Value: £50,000

Value Notes

Everyone deserves a place fit to call home. Yet with a shortage of new properties, outdated rental stock and a lack of support for the vulnerable, many people end up in unsuitable, unsafe, or unaffordable accommodation.

Decent housing is a topic close to our heart. In fact, it was central to how and why we began. It's also the reason why Heart of England have launched their community grants programme: a chance for local organisations with great housing solutions to apply for grants of up to £50,000. Applications get shortlisted and our Community Boards come together to award grants.

Extended Description

Since members voted back in 2007 to use 1% of our pre-tax profits towards funding community projects, they are now encouraging local solutions to the national housing crisis by:

  • welcoming applications from charities and other local organisations
  • allocating £22 million of funding across the UK over five years
  • providing individual grants of up to £50,000 per project to improve local housing issues
  • forming regional Community Boards, made up of local Nationwide members, employees and housing experts
  • Community Boards reviewing and awarding grants to a range of projects to tackle the housing crisis in your local area.

Latest Information

Deadline for applying is 7th December 2018    

To discuss an application, please call Heart of England Community Foundation (HoECF) who are managing the grants programme on 024 7688 3297. HoECF will be holding two phone-in Funding Surgeries where potential applicants can speak with a grants officer about their funding needs.

The two phone-in dates will be held on:

  • Wednesday 14 November from 10am to 12 noon
  • Wednesday 28 November from 10am to 12 noon

To book a slot please e-mail:           

Key Criteria

This fund is open to registered UK charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives. Partnership and consortia are encouraged to apply. There will be a lead partner that submits the bid and will manage the funds if successful. Lead partners must be an eligible entity but can partner with: statutory organisations, housing associations, companies limited by guarantee with charitable objectives, community interest companies, constituted community or voluntary sector groups. Partnerships should be established before applying.

As a building society, Nationwide takes all necessary steps to prevent financial crime. To do this, they will instruct their 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, Community Land Trusts or housing co-operatives. Organisations who wish to gain charitable status before the Nationwide Community Board meets to assess projects will be considered. Your local Community Foundation may be able to support with this • Individuals or individual sponsorship

• Activities connected to a political party • Activities generating private profit

• Organisations operating outside the geographical boundaries of the fund

• Organisations with a religious affiliation are welcome to apply but we do not fund religious activities and we will prioritise projects which benefit all possible target beneficiaries irrespective of religious belief. Priorities For the shortlisting process we will prioritise organisations that:

• Are based in the local community

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

• 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

• Plan to use original and creative approaches to address local need

• 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

• Have projects/ideas that have the potential to be used by others across the country

• Support the creation, evaluation and research of new ways to challenge the housing crisis in the UK 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

Eligible Expenditure

• Core costs - budget for running and facility costs, office equipment, supplies, any travel and accommodation, printing etc1 .
• Staff costs for the lead partner - budget for staffing, including full-time staff, part-time staff, project delivery staff costs and other related expenses, e.g. translation2 . All staff costs must be paid at least the Real Living Wage determined by the Living Wage Foundation
• Development and capacity building costs – budget to help build capacity and sustainability of organisation e.g. staff/volunteer training, external consultancy fees.
• Volunteer costs - budget for reimbursements of expenses, e.g. telephone calls, travel and meals.
• Activity costs - budget for resources to facilitate a project/activity that fall outside capital, volunteer or staffing costs, e.g. catering, insurance.
• Small-scale capital costs - budget for small-scale set up costs including one-off expenses for equipment or fixed assets that may have use or benefit beyond the life of the grant/one financial year, such as computer hardware. This can also include perishable capital, which are items that are required for the delivery of a project, such as paint, paintbrushes and gardening equipment.
• Building works and refurbishment costs will be considered where they are essential to the successful delivery of the project.
The funding period is between one and two years. Nationwide will part-fund project costs of over 50% of the total project cost, but organisations must be able to secure the remaining project costs within two months of the award.

Application Procedure

Applications are made online through their website.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download their website.

Contact Details:

Heart of England Community Foundation
c/o PSA Group, Torrington Avenue
Tile Hill, Coventry,
West Midlands, CV4 9AP

For general enquiries:
Telephone: 024 7688 3297