Overview

Finding new ways to tackle the housing crisis

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 Yet with a shortage of new properties, outdated rental stock and a lack of support for the vulnerable, many people end up in unsuitable, unsafe, or unaffordable accommodation.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 we launched our 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.

Make a difference in your community

If you’re a Nationwide member and passionate about your community and housing, we’d love to have you on our Community Board. We’re currently looking for Community Board volunteers* in the East of England, Central, North West and North Midlands.

Have a say in how we support your local area.

* All volunteer appointments to the Community Board may be subject to the receipt of checks satisfactory to Nationwide.

Apply for a Community Grant

We’re currently taking applications for grants of up to £50,000 in the South West, South East, London, East of England, Central, North West and North Midlands.

Do you have a project that needs funding to support the most vulnerable with housing needs?

Community Grants explained

Since members voted back in 2007 to use 1% of our pre-tax profits towards funding community projects, we’re 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.

Grants awarded

So far we’ve awarded over £1,250,000 to 43 local housing projects in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, West Midlands and the northern region of England.

Why this matters to us

We only exist because a group of people came together to help each other save and borrow for a home of their own. Today, this spirit of mutual co-operation and community building still defines us. As a mutual run for the benefit of our members, our commitment to helping people have homes of their own is stronger than ever.

If you've got a question about our Community Grants, we'd love to hear from you.

Successful projects