Grants are available to UK registered charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions for local projects that benefit disadvantaged people in the UK.

Current Status
Open for Applications
Maximum value:
£ 5,000

Objectives of Fund

The scheme provides grants to charities, community interest companies and credit unions for activities that support disadvantaged people in the UK to improve knowledge, skills and innovation giving them the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for one year to cover project costs.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not a specified requirement as the Foundation only funds complete projects rather than part-funding or contributions to an appeal.

Who Can Apply

UK registered charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions with local projects that benefit disadvantaged people may apply.

To be eligible, organisations must:

  • Be registered in the UK, including the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
  • Have at least a full year of accounts registered with the relevant commission.

The programme aims to support small, local charities.


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Individuals including trips, overseas volunteering, GAP year activity, medical treatment, grants for studying or research.
  • Multi-year funding.
  • Fundraising activities.
  • Unregistered charities, not for profit groups, Community Amateur Sports Clubs, exempt or excepted charities.
  • Other funders and grant makers.
  • Organisations which restrict their beneficiaries to a single religious or single ethnic group.
  • Events, conferences or sponsorship.
  • Shortfall funding.
  • Party political activity.
  • Beneficiaries outside the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man
  • Start-ups.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for:

  • Small local projects that last for up to 12 months.
  • Complete projects (the Foundation does not make contributions or part-funding).
  • Part-time salaries, equipment or materials specific to the project.

Activities must address one or more of the following three priority themes:

  • Explorer – improving people’s knowledge such as:
    • A series of Money Management workshops helping people understand how to budget.
    • A Freedom Training course giving abused women knowledge of how to regain control over their lives.
  • Transformer – developing skills and experience such as:
    • Training 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.
    • Volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
  • Changemaker – innovative solutions to social challenges such as:
    • A new social networking program for visually impaired young people to access the internet.
    • An inclusive cycling social enterprise that adapts bicycles to enable people with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors.

How To Apply

Applications can be submitted at any time.

A nomination form can be picked up at a local Santander branch. The completed form should be dropped into the special nomination postbox provided at a local Santander branch (this form should NOT be sent to the Foundation).

Applicants that are not near a Santander branch can download a form from the Foundation website. This must be submitted by email not post.

Nominations can be made by organisations and members of the public as well as Santander customers and staff.

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