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Apply for Early Stage Support

The Locality Early Stage Funding programme includes three elements. Our goal is to help your group navigate the crucial early stages of a project to a point where you are ready to apply for other funding or sources of finance.

Three stages of support

Stage 1

Successful applicants are assigned a member mentor who will meet with your group to talk about your project and the conditions in which it will operate. Having discussed your project with you in detail, they will suggest a programme of support to take you forward into the second stage.

Stage 2

Locality will then provide intensive support on a one to one basis, concentrating on the areas that will be most useful to your group. By the end of this support, you will also have completed an action plan to take your project forward when the programme ends.

Stage 3

As part of the programme funded by Nationwide Foundation, groups are able to apply for a small cash grant of up to £2,220, from a central pot.

Nationwide Early Stage Support programme

Nationwide are currently funding 21 groups on the  Early Stage Support Programme. It is a two year programme to assist new, affordable community-led housing projects in the start-up phase of their projects.

If you would like to commission this support, please contact

Nationwide Foundation