GSAP in partnership with Apex Housing Association was one of 12 projects across the North to secure investment from the Nationwide’s Community Grant fund 

Nationwide invited applications from across the whole of Northern Ireland for grants of up to £50,000 to fund housing projects focused on strengthening local communities and committed to making a real difference in local areas. Projects range from innovative new housing and improving living conditions, to supporting the most vulnerable members of the community.

The full list of successful applicants can be viewed now on its website – Nationwide, the world’s largest building society, is supporting charities tackling the many issues associated with housing, and therefore made £500,000 available to causes committed to making a difference in communities across Northern Ireland.

Garry Samson, Nationwide’s Regional Director for Northern Ireland, said: “We’re delighted to announce the outcome of our latest Community Grants programme, with twelve housing related charities and organisations across Northern Ireland collectively benefitting from the Community Grant programme’s funds.

“In 2007 our members voted for us to donate at least one percent of our pre-tax profits to good causes and that the focus should be on issues around housing. The Community Grants programme is one of the ways we’re trying to make a long-lasting difference, helping people living without the guarantee or stability of suitable, secure or affordable accommodation.”

Nationwide has now awarded over £7.1 million to more than 189 projects across the UK. With Community Boards in each region of the UK, Nationwide will be investing over £20 million in housing projects over 5 years to support local charities and organisations working to tackle housing issues in local communities.

Projects benefitting from the grants range from helping young people to gain access to sustainable tenancies, to supporting therapeutic art sessions for homeless people with mental health challenges.

The final decisions on the successful applications were made by a local Community Board made up of Nationwide members and colleagues.