The Santander Foundation — Santander’s community grants and funding arm — has just been relaunched as The Discovery Foundation with a new £2.5m programme of small grants of up to £5,000 for charities, CICs, voluntary and community groups and social enterprises.
The grants are available in three categories:
1. Explorer — improving knowledge and insight
Examples could include Money Management workshops to help people understand how to budget and identify affordable credit choices. A Freedom Training course giving abused women knowledge of how to regain control over their lives.
2. Transformer — developing skills and experience
Examples could 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.
3. Changemaker — innovative solutions to social challenges
Examples could 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.