Essex Community Foundation

Nationwide Community Grants Programme

The Nationwide Community Grants Programme, funded by Nationwide Building Society, awards grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to housing projects that will strengthen local communities by:

Eligible applicants must be a registered charity, charitable incorporated organisations, community land trusts or 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 or homelessness.

Applications will be assessed and then considered by a regional board, made up of Nationwide members and employees.


We advise you to read the below eligibility criteria and guidance prior to starting an application form. 


We encourage you to discuss your work with the ECF grants team in advance of starting an application. To assist with this, we are holding two Phone-In Funding Surgeries to speak with potential applicants. 

The surgeries will be on:

To take part, please call us on 01245 356018. There is no need to book a slot in advance.


To complete an application form, click here. The deadline to submit is 5pm on Friday 22 November 2019.

Funding decisions will be made in February 2020.