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 Yet with a shortage of new properties, outdated rental stock and a lack of support for the vulnerable, many people end up in unsuitable, unsafe, or unaffordable accommodation.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 members vote to decide who receives funding.

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 £250,000 of funding to each UK region
  • 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 charity partners
  • shortlisting the best community project ideas.

Members vote for their favourite project. Those with the most votes then receive a grant between £10,000 and £50,000 and access to support from experts.

Grants awarded in the northern region of England

Back in 2007 you voted for us to channel 1% of our pre-tax profits into good causes to help people have a place fit to call home. Our members have voted on which housing projects in the northern region of England should receive a Nationwide grant. So far, we’ve awarded over £250,000 to nine projects.

Applying for a Community Grant

Applications have now closed for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the central region of England. They will open for other areas of the UK later in the year.

Get involved

Are you a Nationwide member who wants to make a difference in your local community? Volunteer for one of our regional Community Boards, and you’ll be central to our Community Grants programme.

If you want to make a difference in your local community, let us know

Apply to volunteer

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