14 January 2019

The Santander Foundation awards grants of up to £5,000 to help disadvantaged people make the most of their future.

Discovery Grants support projects that improve people’s knowledge, skills or which provide innovative solutions to overcome social challenges. We can only support projects which fulfil these goals and our three priority areas – Explorer, Transformer and Changemaker.

The fund has three priorities

  • EXPLORER Improving people’s knowledge
    Such as Money Management workshops helping disadvantaged people learn how to budget.
  • TRANSFORMER Improving skills and experience
    For example, training to help socially isolated people develop skills to get back into work or volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged young people.>
  • CHANGEMAKER Innovative solutions to social challenges
    What about a new social networking program for visually impaired young people to access the internet?

What Santander Foundation can fund

Projects that are wholly charitable. They must specifically help disadvantaged people in the UK by improving knowledge, skills or providing innovative solutions. We aim to help as many organisations as possible so we don’t offer grants for longer than one year.

Funding is available:

  • or small local projects and lasts for up to 12 months
  • for complete projects, we don’t make contributions or part funding
  • to cover part-time salaries, equipment or materials but they must be specific to your project

Am I eligible to apply?

Grants are for UK registered charities, Community Interest Companies and credit unions with at least one year’s accounts. Applications can be made by customers, organisations and Santander staff at any time. This isn’t a voting system, so only one application is needed and there are no deadlines.

If your project has already benefited from a grant, you won’t be eligible to apply for another for at least a full year. For example, if you receive a grant anytime in 2017 then you’ll need to wait until January 2019 before applying again.

How do I apply?

Simply fill out the application form found in any local Santander branch and post it in the Discovery Grants post box at any branch.

Find out more here

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