Discovery Grants

Scheme Provider
Level of Grant Available
Up to £5,000>
Types of Initiative Funded:

Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to fund an activity which supports one or more of our 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.


Priority Groups/Areas:
Disadvantaged people
Opening Dates:
No closing dates, grants are made every month
Further Information:

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Grants must directly benefit disadvantaged people in the UK and must be for something that is wholly charitable. Our funding is aimed at small local charities.

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. We aim to fund a complete item and cannot fund general running costs.

We support health, research and palliative care charities through our staff fundraising scheme, so these are not eilgible for a Discovery Grant.

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 Santander 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 as grants are made every month.

Successful organisations will be notified by e-mail within 6 weeks of submitting a nomination. If you have not heard from us within that time then you have been unsuccessful but you are welcome to apply again at any time. Because of the large number of nominations received unfortunately it is not possible to notify unsuccessful applicants.

Please take a look at the FAQ section for more information on the process and if you have any additional questions please e-mail

Please note, we cannot fund:

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