Essex Community Foundation

Nationwide Community Grants

Nationwide Building Society has launched a new community funding scheme to tackle housing issues at a local level.

Grants of up to £50,000, over one or two years, are available for projects that support vulnerable people with their housing needs.

Eligible applicants must be a UK registered charity, Community Land Trust or
housing co-operative.

Essex Community Foundation (ECF) is leading on the programme in the East of England, working with neighbouring community foundations in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Applications will be assessed by the local community foundation and then considered by a board, which is comprised of Nationwide members, employees and housing experts.

You can apply for

Guidance for applicants

If your charity works in Cambridge, Essex. Hertfordshire, Norfolk or Suffolk, you can apply for a grant.

Please read the below eligibility criteria and guidance prior to submitting your application.

How to apply

We are holding two Phone-In Funding Surgeries to speak with potential applicants. To take part, please call us on one of the below dates, on 01245 356018.

Applications must be submitted using this form: click here.


Your application must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 7 December 2018.

Funding decisions will be made in February 2019.