NATIONWIDE pledges to make £22m grant funding available to housing charities and organisations by 2023
The building society have announced that their Community Grants Programme are now selecting applicants for 2021.
The Community Grants Programme tackles local housing issues by giving charities, community land trusts and housing co-operatives access to grants between £10,000 and £50,000.
This year Nationwide are capping the amount of Community Grant applications it will accept, meaning approximately one in four applicants will be successful.
Applications are open to any organisations that provide solutions to help Prevent people from losing their home, Help people into a home or Support people to thrive within the home environment.
Rachel Smith, Senior Social Investment Manager at Nationwide Building Society, said: “The last year has been exceptionally challenging for many of us, but if there’s one thing it’s taught us, it’s the value and importance of community.
“Since 2018, our Community Grants Programme has supported charitable organisations seeking to make a difference to vulnerable people facing housing challenges across the UK.
“As a member owned organisation, we have always seen it as our place to help facilitate positive changes in local communities, and we are encouraging charities to apply to our Community Grants programme.”
Beneficiaries of Community Grants include organisations that have helped to support vulnerable families with young children in crisis in Northern Ireland, supported women who have been sexually exploited to navigate the housing system in Luton and those who are homeless and facing poverty in Kingston.
The programme forms part of Nationwide’s commitment to supporting communities by giving at least one per cent of its pre-tax profits to good causes.
Applications for the grant will close at 11pm on Monday 21 June.