The Nationwide Building Society Community Grant Fund is a UK wide fund aimed at housing projects and charities to support change in their local areas. With funding, successful projects will be able to provide housing services to people in need, support people off the streets and more. Projects will be supported in three key themes:
- Preventing people from becoming homeless: this could include physical, emotional or social conditions including the development of new accommodation for those who are currently homeless. This could include supporting people to access benefits, for example a hospital discharge service which helps people to avoid homelessness by helping them to access benefits to keep their homes during hospital stays; support with applying to local authorities for homelessness support or tenancy coaching; refurbishment programmes as part of a wider piece of work to create new accommodation.
- Helping people into a home: supported accommodation or stabilising rental accommodation; helping people who have to move quickly (fleeing domestic violence) to furnish or redecorate a home; projects to help key groups access homes in the private rented sector e.g. young care leavers, people leaving prison etc.
- Supporting people to remain in their home: supporting people’s independent living within their current home, including adaptations to support older people or people with disabilities to live at home and continue to be active; directly funding a handyman to carry out repairs or creating repair funds to help people on low incomes carry out minor repairs and maintenance in their homes; education projects to teach people about renting in the private rented sector
A shortlist of projects will be drawn up and voted on by Nationwide members in each geographic area e.g. Scotland.
They will look to fund sustainable projects and encourage applications from organisations that can provide match funding; are providing long term solutions to the people they are helping; provide enhanced skills for their staff and volunteers and have strategic local partnerships and networks in place.
Projects must last between 1 and 2 years and funding can be used to support core costs, staff costs (as long as people are paid the Real Living Wage); development and capacity building costs; volunteer costs; activity costs and small scale capital costs
Keywords: Housing, homelessness, support, charities
Funding available: grants of up to £25,000 will be available to single organisations and £50,000 for partnership bids.
Who is eligible: Registered UK Charities only
Deadline: Friday 13th of April