Nationwide Community Grants Programme

Please note, we are no longer accepting applications for this fund.

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.

What will the programme support?

  • Core costs
  • Staff costs
  • Development and capacity building costs
  • Volunteer costs
  • Activity costs
  • Small-scale capital costs
  • Building works and refurbishment costs will be considered, where they are essential to the successful delivery of the project

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:

The full eligibility criteria

Guidance for applicants

Financial Due Diligence and safeguarding guidance

Frequently Asked Questions

Examples of previously funded projects can be found on the Nationwide website.

Further information about the programme can be found here:


Example grants from the Nationwide 2018 Programme

YMCA Downslink

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

YMCA East Surrey

Extending its Nextstep project for young people leaving its accommodation and for under 30’s in housing difficulty.

Elmbridge Rentstart

Opening a shop in Walton High Street for clients/ landlords/the public to come in and discuss their housing needs.

Runnymede Foodbank

Building shower facilities for the homeless, as well as providing them with a place to launder their clothes.


How do I apply?

Start your application here! Click the link to begin filling in the application form:

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.

Deadline 22nd November

Please note, we are no longer accepting applications for this fund.


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