The Discovery Foundation with Santander are offering Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 to fund an activity that supports one or more of their three priority aims for one year;


  • 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 for specific projects and can cover salaries, equipment or materials for the project. Funding is only for one year and must deliver a local project, not a national initiative. The Foundation support health, research and palliative care charities through their staff fundraising scheme so these are not eligible for a Discovery Grant.

To make a nomination just visit any Santander Branch and complete a Community Plus Nomination form to be handed in at your local branch.

Successful entries will be drawn from across the region every month. For more information visit here, or email for any further questions.

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