Discovery Grants

The Santander Foundation has become The Discovery Foundation, and the Foundation’s three previous grants schemes have been combined into a single new scheme called Discovery Grants making it simpler to apply for funding.

Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions to fund local projects helping disadvantaged people and which supports one or more of the three priority themes:

  • Explorer – improving knowledge and insight – Examples include a series of Money Management workshops to help people understand how to budget and identify the affordable credit choices available to them. A Freedom Training course giving abused women knowledge of how to regain control over their lives.
  • Transformer – developing skills and experience – Examples include work-based training and mentors to help socially isolated people develop skills to get back into work. Sign language training for parents with hearing impaired children. Or teaching young people with autism vocational skills.
  • Changemaker – innovative solutions to social challenges – Examples include a new social networking program for visually impaired young people which uses specially developed Braille laptops to access the internet. An inclusive cycling social enterprise which adapts bicycles to enable people with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors.

Grants must directly benefit disadvantaged people in the UK and must be for something that is wholly charitable.

Funding is available to cover part time salaries, equipment or materials but is for one year and must deliver a local project, not a national initiative, and the aim is to fund a complete item rather than simply make a contribution to an appeal.


About the application process

The application process is designed to be quick and simple to use and nominations can be made by organisations as well as Santander customers and staff.

All you need to do is complete a Discovery Grant nomination form which is available in all Santander branches and drop it into the nomination box in the branch. Please do not send it to The Discovery Foundation.

Please note, we only need the information on the form, please do not send supporting material or annual reports. This is not  a voting system so only one nomination is required. There are no closing dates and grants are made every month.

Application form only 1 side of A4

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