The aim of Santander Foundation’s “Discovery” grants is to help people have the confidence to make the most of their future. The grants are available to support knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities. Grants are up to £5,000 and open to registered charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions.
The type of activities that can be funded include:
- money management workshops to help people understand how to budget and identify the affordable credit choices available to them;
- 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; etc.
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.
Applicants need to complete a Discovery Grant nomination form which is available in all Santander branches. There are no deadlines, the Foundation operate a rolling grants programme and applications can be submitted at any time.