Deadline: 22 November 2019
UK Community Foundation has launched the Nationwide Building Society – Community Grants programme to help people into homes of their own and its ambition that everyone should have a place fit to call home stands firm today.
Community Foundations come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in a common is a commitment to making a difference to people’s lives and the places they serve.
The Nationwide Community Grants programme awards grants of up to £50,000 across 11 UK regions annually.
- Preventing people from losing their home
- Helping people in to a home
- Supporting people to thrive within the home environment
Nationwide believes doing what is right by their members and their communities is at the heart of what it means to be a building society. Following a member vote in 2007, Nationwide invests at least 1% of pre-tax profits to support good causes each year.
(Ad) Are you still finding it difficult to search for donors online? Join Premium and use our powerful Donor Search mechanism to find relevant donors based on your country and location or keyword. Our specially developed algorithm will search across the internet for the most relevant and useful donors of your interest willing to fund your work. Learn more.
- Illustrate a clear link to Nationwide’s ambition for everyone to have a place fit to call home and can demonstrate the impact their project will have on the local community.
- Projects that are supporting people in housing need in original or creative ways. This
- includes both projects already delivering local impact and those carrying out research to find new ways to challenge the housing crisis.
- Have projects/ideas that have the potential to be used by others across the country.
- Have robust plans to measure and report on the difference the grant will make.
- Can demonstrate sustainability beyond the life of the grant, by building the skills of staff and volunteers, diversifying funding streams and providing long-term solutions for the people they are helping.
- That can evidence knowledge of local issues and have a network of local connections.
Creative Or Replicable Approaches
Fund ongoing projects that are effectively supporting local people as well as those trying out new approaches, this could include:
(Ad) Not able to keep track of so may different grant opportunities and their deadlines? No problem! fundsforNGOs Premium has a handy tool called "Deadline Calendar." This tool will help you keep track of all upcoming grant opportunities and their deadlines and view them in a beautiful calendar format. Learn more.
- Carrying out research to find new ways to challenge the housing crisis
- Piloting approaches that will support the organisation to work in new areas geographically or thematically; or reach new people
- Replicating ideas that have been evidenced to work elsewhere
Nationwide grants are between £10,000 and £50,000 and the funding period is between one and two years.
(Ad) Are you looking for readymade proposals? fundsforNGOs Premium has a vast collection of Sample Proposals from successful grantees around the world. These proposals are available for viewing so that you can quickly get new ideas, best practices, lessons learned and develop your proposal in the perfect manner. Learn more.
- Nationwide will fund between 50% to 100% of the total cost of the project. For example, if applicants organisation is seeking funding for an £80,000 project, applicants should apply for a minimum of £40,000.
- Successful organisations will be required to raise any remaining project costs within two months of the award.
- Nationwide will fund a maximum of 25% of an organisation’s annual income, for two-year projects this can be per annum. For partnership projects they will accept a combined income.
What Foundation will Fund
- Core costs of up to 20% of the requested grant amount – including running and facility costs, office equipment, supplies, any travel and accommodation, printing etc (this does not include staff costs).
- Staff and volunteer costs for the lead partner – including full-time staff, part-time staff, project delivery staff costs and other related expenses.
- All staff costs must be paid at least the Real Living Wage determined by the Living Wage Foundation.
- Small-scale capital costs – including 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 or perishable capital that are required for the delivery of a project, such as paint, paintbrushes and gardening equipment.
- Activity costs – that help to facilitate projects or activities, but that fall outside of capital, staffing & volunteering costs; such as catering or insurance.
- Development and capacity building costs – to support organisational sustainability; such as staff/volunteer training, external consultancy fees.
- Building works and refurbishment costs where they are essential to the successful delivery of the project.
(Ad) How to raise funds? Where can I find a list of donors for my area of work? How to write proposals? How can I submit a grant request to USAID, the European Commission or the Gates Foundation? How can I use Social Media to promote my work? We have developed powerful resources in the form of Ebook and Articles covering all this information and more. Learn more.
- This fund is open to registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives.
- Co-operatives and community benefit societies registered with the Financial Conduct Authority are also eligible as long as their associated activities target housing and/or homelessness.
- Partnership and consortia are encouraged to apply, the lead partner must be an eligible entity and will manage the funds if successful.
- Eligible organisations need to have a minimum of three unrelated trustees and two unrelated bank signatories.
How to Apply
Applicants can apply via given website.
For more information, please visit https://www.ukcommunityfoundations.org/our-programmes/nationwide