Each year, the Nationwide Community Grants programme awards up to £500,000 across 11 UK regions.
Applications are currently being accepted for the South West, South East, London, Central and East of England with a deadline of 22 November 2019.
There are normally two applications rounds with applications from the North accepted in the Spring and from the South in the Autumn. Nationwide has partnered with UK Community Foundations to deliver the programme through 11 local community foundations.
Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available to charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives for local housing projects that will strengthen local communities to support the most vulnerable by:
- Preventing people from losing their home
- Helping people in to a home
- Supporting people to thrive within the home environment
The funding can be used for a variety of purposes, including:
- Core costs, including running and facility costs, office equipment, supplies, any travel and accommodation, printing.
- Staff costs for the lead partner – including budget for staffing, full-time staff, external consultants, capacity building/training and other related expenses, e.g, translation.
- Development and capacity building costs – budget to help build capacity and sustainability of organisation e.g, staff/volunteer training, external consultancy fees.
- Volunteer expenses, including reimbursements of expenses to volunteers, e.g telephone calls, travel and meals.
- Activity costs, including resources to facilitate a project/activity that fall outside capital, volunteer or staffing costs e.g, catering, insurance.
- Small-scale capital costs, including small-scale set up costs and one-off expenses for equipment or fixed assets that may have use or benefit beyond the life of the grant/one financial year, such as computer hardware. This can also include perishable capital, items that are required for the delivery of a project, such as paint, paintbrushes and gardening equipment.
- Building works and refurbishment costs will be considered where they are essential to the successful delivery of the project.
In addition to the grant, the funded projects will also get community and volunteering support.
When to apply
The deadline for Round two applications is 22 November 2019.