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Bringing Empty Properties back into use


Despite the current lack of housing stock, the UK has around 300,000 long term empty homes and many more commercial properties that could be used as homes. The Nationwide Foundation will fund organisations turning such properties into safe, decent homes for people in need.
Funding Criteria
Who can apply
Organisations bringing empty properties into use for people in need with priority given to schemes including one or more of the following:
  • Projects which are financially sustainable, or which are working towards financial sustainability
  • Projects incorporating training for NEETS and others who are out of work or low skilled
  • Live/work schemes
  • Environmentally friendly practices
  • Asset transfer
What costs will be funded?
Funds will considered towards the costs of refurbishment and can include a fair contribution towards organisational core costs where this is required to bring empty properties into use as homes for people in need. Funds will also be considered towards legal and other such costs associated with obtaining the empty properties (including landlord negotiation and asset transfer). Funds are limited so the Foundation's support is expected to complement other sources of funding which the organisation has.
Applicants can apply for grant funding or programme related (social) investment loans depending on which is the most appropriate for the scheme.
Amounts of £15,000 to £140,000 will be considered.
Before completing your application please read the Application Guidelines and Information.
Closing date for applications 30 June 2013.

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