LOCAL HOUSING CAUSES TO BENEFIT FROM £500,000 AS NATIONWIDE OPENS GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS

22nd October 2019

  • Local charitable organisations in Surrey have new opportunity to benefit from grants of up to £50,000
  • Nationwide Building Society is working with local Community Foundation
  • Grants available to tackle housing issues in local communities
  • Application process now open

Local community housing projects and charities are being urged to put their case forward as Nationwide, the world’s largest building society, makes £500,000 available to help make a difference to communities across the region.

The Society is inviting applications for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for housing projects that will support the most vulnerable in local communities.

So far Nationwide has awarded £7 million in grants to more than 180 projects and will be investing over £20 million in housing projects across the UK over 5 years. The programme is being delivered with support from UK Community Foundations, the national network for all accredited Community Foundations across the country.

Charities, community land trusts and housing co-operatives in and across Surrey can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for one or two years to make a change in their local area. The application process closes on 22nd November 2019 and successful applicants will be notified by the end of February 2020.

Kate Peters, Director of Grants and Impact at the Community Foundation for Surrey said:

“Finding safe, affordable and sustainable housing is a growing challenge for communities across our region. That’s why we’re proud to work with Nationwide Building Society to fund the organisations tackling this issue on the ground and supporting those who need it most.”

Andrew Westhead, Nationwide’s Regional Director for the South East Region said:

“In 2007, our members voted for us to donate at least one percent of our pre-tax profits to good causes and asked that we focus on tackling housing issues. We recognise there is a housing crisis, resulting in many people living in unsuitable, insecure or unaffordable accommodation. So, to help make a real and lasting difference, we are aiming to make over £20 million available in grant funding for housing-related charities and organisations across the UK over 5 years. We are delighted to open the local application process and encourage housing related charities and organisations to apply so that they can collectively benefit from the £500,000 award that is available to communities across the South East.”

A Community Board, which is comprised of Nationwide members and employees, will review all the grant applications and award grants of up to a £50,000. The Board and Nationwide branches within the region will also be providing time and expertise to these charities.

Full details can be found at www.nationwide.co.uk/communityfunding, in local Nationwide branches in this region or by contacting the local Community Foundation.