Santander Discovery Foundation’s
Santander’s Discovery Foundation’s will support projects addressing knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities.
Registered charities, Community Interest Companies (CIC’s) and Credit Unions can apply for grants of up to £5,000, for projects which support one or more of the following 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; 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.
The Discovery Foundation wishes to fund a whole project, rather than make a contribution to a larger budget. Grants can be used to cover the costs of part time salaries, equipment and materials, but must be used within 12 months.
A simple nomination form can be picked up from any local Santander branch, or an online version can downloaded from the website. Nominations can be made by organisations and members of the public as well as Santander customers and staff.
Applications will be accepted at any time and successful applicants will be notified by email within a month of submitting their application.