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 Yet with a shortage of new properties, outdated rental stock and a lack of support for the vulnerable, many people end up in unsuitable, unsafe, or unaffordable accommodation.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

Want to help us 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 South West, South East and London.

Have a say in how we support your local area.

Apply to be a Community Board member

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

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
  • 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

Our members in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, West Midlands and northern region of England have voted on which housing projects should receive a Nationwide grant. So far, we’ve awarded over £1,250,000 to 43 local housing projects.

Want to help us 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. Volunteer for one of our regional Community Boards, and you’ll be central to our Community Grants programme.

We’re currently looking for Community Board volunteers* in the South West, South East and London.

Have a say in how we support your local area.

Apply to be a Community Board member

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

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