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The Nationwide Community Grants programme is administered by community foundations across England, and is looking to fund a variety of local housing projects.

Everyone deserves a place fit to call home. Yet with a shortage of new properties, outdated rental stock and a lack of support for the vulnerable, many people end up in unsuitable, unsafe, or unaffordable accommodation.

Nationwide Building Society says: “Decent housing is a topic close to our heart. In fact, it was central to how and why we began. It’s also the reason why we launched our community grants programme: a chance for local organisations with great housing solutions to apply for grants of up to £50,000.”

Nationwide is working with the community foundation network to administer this grants programme across England. Grants will be made to support the most vulnerable, find new approaches to increasing the supply of housing, or reinvent renting for both tenants and landlords.

Registered charities, Community Land Trusts or housing co-operatives are encouraged to apply for:

  • Core costs of no more than 20% (not inclusive of staff costs)
  • Staff costs for the lead partner (at the Real Living Wage)
  • Development and capacity building costs
  • Volunteer costs
  • Activity costs
  • Small-scale capital costs
  • Refurbishment costs.

Oxfordshire is part of the Central region for the purposes of applying to this programme, and grants for our region are being administered by our friends at Heart of England Community Foundation. Heart of England is part of the same national network of community foundations as OCF.

All of the details, including eligibility criteria and links to the online application form, can be found on the Heart of England website.