Published on: 18 May 2021

As a mutual, we believe we can achieve more together than alone. That's why since 2018, we've awarded £13.7 million to local housing projects and supported 350 housing projects and charities through our Community Grants Programme (opens in a new window).

Our Community Grants Programme brings Nationwide members and colleagues together to help tackle the housing crisis. Giving hope for the future to those who need it most by awarding grants to local housing charities.

Our Scotland Community Board gave Mull and Iona Community Trust (opens in a new window) a grant of £30,000 to improve local housing - building four new affordable houses in the rural Ulva Ferry area on the Isle of Mull.

Designed and built by The Wee House Company, the houses have secure tenancies for those in need, affordable rents and are economical to heat.

'Massive' community impact

The project was a joint effort with other funds and grants. It included support from the Scottish Government's Rural and Islands Housing Fund, Argyll and Bute Council and crowdfunding by the Ulva School Community Association.

The main aim of the project is to sustain the local primary school. A thriving local community increases the need for primary school places and boosts the local economy.

This autumn, the school roll will be at its highest for nearly 20 years, with 16 pupils, of which 12 will live in houses built by MICT.

Nationwide Oban Branch manager, William Campbell, said: "I think it's so important that we fund projects in remote areas as well as cities.

"Although this may be a small project, the impact on our community is massive."

Tackling the housing crisis

Everyone should have a place fit to call home. In fact helping people into homes is why we began 140 years ago, and it's the reason we launched our Community Grants programme.

Applications for this year's grants open on 17 May (opens in a new window). After shortlisting, our regional Community Board members come together to discuss and decide which housing projects and charities receive a Community Grant.

We've committed £22m over 5 years (2018 – 2023) for housing projects and charities to help make a change in their local areas.

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