Grant Opportunities

United Kingdom: Nationwide Community Grants Programme

United Kingdom: Nationwide Community Grants Programme

Deadline: 21-Jun-21

The Nationwide Building Society is seeking applications for the Nationwide Community Grants Programme: a chance for local organisations with great housing solutions.


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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
are supporting people in housing need, in original or creative ways. This includes both projects already delivering local impact and those carrying out research to find new ways to challenge the housing crisis
have the potential to inspire and be used by others across the country
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
can evidence knowledge of local issues and have a network of local connections.
Funding Information

The Community Boards award grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 and the funding period is either one or two years.
Nationwide Building Society will Fund

Core costs – up to 20% of the grant amount requested, including running and facility costs, office equipment, supplies, printing, travel and accommodation
Staff and volunteer costs for the project lead partner – including full-time staff, part-time staff, project delivery staff costs and other related expenses. All staff must be paid at least the Real Living Wage, set by the Living Wage Foundation
Small-scale capital 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, or items required to deliver a project, such as paint, paintbrushes and gardening equipment
Activity costs – such as catering or insurance, costs that help deliver projects or activities but fall outside of capital, staffing and volunteering costs
Development and capacity building costs – that support organisational sustainability, such as training staff and volunteers, and external consultancy fees
Building works and refurbishment costs – where they’re essential to the successful delivery of the project.
Eligibility Criteria

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The Community Grant fund is open to registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives.
Co-operatives and community benefit societies registered with the Financial Conduct Authority are also eligible, so long as their associated activities target housing and/or homelessness.
Partnership and consortia are also encouraged to apply. However, the lead partner must be eligible to apply and will be responsible for managing the grant money, if successful.
All eligible organisations need to have a minimum of three unrelated trustees and two unrelated bank signatories.
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