Santander Discovery Grants for up to £5K

Author's position
Advice Worker
Article date
27 September 2018
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Santander Discovery Grants are open for applications all year round. The three priority areas are-

  • 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?
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