Santander Discovery Grants are open for applications all year round. The three priority areas are-
EXPLORER Improving people’s knowledgeSuch as Money Management workshops helping disadvantaged people learn how to budget.
TRANSFORMER Improving skills and experienceFor 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 challengesWhat about a new social networking program for visually impaired young people to access the internet?
Funding is available:
for small local projects that last for up to 12 months
for complete projects, they don’t make contributions or part funding
to cover part-time salaries, equipment or materials but they must be specific to your project
Who can apply:
- UK registered charities
- Community Interest Companies
How 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.
What to include in your application:
Explain clearly how your project improves people’s knowledge, skills and experience or overcomes social challenges in an innovative way.
If your application is successful, they’ll let you know within 6 weeks.
What they can’t fund:
- Multi-year funding
- Fundraising activities
- Unregistered charities, not-for-profit groups, Community Amateur Sports Clubs, exempt or excepted charities
- Organisations which restrict their beneficiaries to a single religious or single ethnic group
- Events, conferences or sponsorship
- Shortfall funding
- Political party activity
- Beneficiaries outside the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man
- Start ups – organisations must have at least one full year of accounts registered on the relevant commission site
Visit the FAQ section of Santander Foundation for more information