Category Archives: Grant-making

New research will shine a light on experiences of private rented sector’s poorest

A new research project, being carried out by the University of York’s Centre for Housing Policy with support from the Nationwide Foundation, will seek to build an understanding of how the UK’s private rented sector is experienced by those renting in the least expensive 30% of properties. Taking around 12 months, the research will look […]

New fund launches to give house-building power back to local people

A new housing fund has launched, aiming to empower community groups, enabling them to plan and build 1,000 affordable homes in communities across England. The fund, led by CAF Venturesome, the social investment arm of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), is funded by a group of charities and benefactors including the Nationwide Foundation. The fund […]

Blog: Collaboration, not command, is the key to success in place-based funding

“My attendance at these meetings is neither a box-ticking exercise or a chance for some sneaky reconnaissance – I’m there because I can bring knowledge and experience of the PRS.” – Bridget Young One of the most challenging things about being a funder, is working out how involved to become in projects – particularly without […]

£600k boost for vulnerable private renters in Greater Manchester

A new test and learn fund, part of Greater Manchester’s Fair Housing Futures project, has been allocated today to a range of radical interventions which seek to make life better for the region’s private tenants. The £600k fund, supported by the Nationwide Foundation and administered by housing charity Shelter, has been granted to new ideas […]

Over £800,000 funding gives private tenants a stronger voice about their housing

Tenants should be a central part of any changes to the private rented sector, yet their voices are often absent and excluded from meaningful debate. In response to this, the Nationwide Foundation is awarding £804,841 of funding to support private rented sector tenants by giving them a stronger voice in the debates on their personal […]

New study of the Scottish private rented sector

The Nationwide Foundation has commissioned a three-year study that will learn from the experiences of households living in and landlords operating in the private rented sector in Scotland. The learning will help to shape further changes needed to support the Scottish approach and it will also make the case for modernisation to the private rented […]

Co-living for older people

New research explores the views of experts and stakeholders on the different models co-living. Various models of co-living for older people have developed in recent years, hoping to provide solutions to some of the housing challenges faced by older people. A new stakeholder review, published in April 2019 by the Cambridge Centre for Housing & […]

Affordable Housing Commission calls for evidence

The Affordable Housing Commission (AHC), the new, independent commission chaired by Lord Richard Best, is issuing a call for evidence for 2019. The call for evidence follows the AHC’s recent focus group work in Birmingham which showed that: First time buyers and struggling renters think that the private rental sector is ‘broken’ and in need […]

Call for proposals for Scottish PRS research

The Nationwide Foundation is inviting proposals to undertake qualitative research and quantitative analysis of the impact on tenants and landlords of changes to the Scottish private rented sector tenancy regime, especially with the recent introduction of the Private Residential Tenancy and the changes to the First-tier Tribunal. The research would understand the impact of these […]

New Affordable Housing Commission launched

A new Affordable Housing Commission, chaired by Lord Best, has been established by leading thinktank The Smith Institute, with funding from the Nationwide Foundation. The Commission will examine the causes and impacts of the affordability crisis and propose solutions. This will include looking at whether the existing definition of affordable housing is fit for purpose […]