Local community housing projects and charities are being urged to put their case forward as Nationwide, the world’s largest building society, makes £500,000 available to help make a difference to communities across the region.

The Society is inviting applications for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for housing projects that will support the most vulnerable in local communities.

So far Nationwide has awarded £7 million in grants to more than 180 projects and will be investing over £20 million in housing projects across the UK over 5 years. The programme is being delivered with support from UK Community Foundations, the national network for all accredited Community Foundations across the country.

Charities, community land trusts and housing co-operatives across the West Midlands can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for one or two years to make a change in their local area. The application process closes on 22 November 2019 and successful applicants will be notified by the end of February 2020.

Tina Costello, Chief Executive at the Heart of England Community Foundation said:

“We’re grateful to be re-launching the Nationwide Community Grants Programme, the fund has had some brilliant success stories and we’re hoping for more of the same.


“Finding safe, affordable and sustainable housing is a growing challenge for communities across our region. That’s why we’re proud to work with Nationwide Building Society to fund the organisations tackling this issue on the ground and supporting those who need it most.”

Projects funded previously through the programme include:

  • SIFA Fireside – A grant enabled them to employ a part – time support worker to help people visiting their drop-in sessions.
  • Citizens Advice, Telford & Wrekin – A grant enabled them to expand their current Occupational Therapy Trusted Assessor service, working directly with Shropshire Fire & Rescue.

A Community Board, which is comprised of Nationwide members and employees, will review all the grant applications and award grants of up to a £50,000. The Board and Nationwide branches within the region will also be providing time and expertise to these charities.

Full details can be found at www.nationwide.co.uk/communityfunding, to apply for the fund please click here.