Santander Foundation awards Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 to help disadvantaged people make the most of their future. Grants will support projects that improve people’s knowledge, skills or which provide innovative solutions to overcome social challenges and that fall into one or more of three priorities:
- Explorer – To improve people’s knowledge, for example, 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, for example, a new social networking program for visually impaired young people to access the internet
Project beneficiaries may be, for example, people on restricted income or who are rurally isolated or disabled and can include people anywhere in the UK, not just in areas of high deprivation, who are excluded or who face barriers to taking part in day-to-day activities.
Funding is available for small complete local projects lasting up to 12 months and can cover part-time salaries, equipment or materials specific to the project.
Grants are awarded to 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. There are no deadlines.
To 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.