Discovery Foundation - Discovery Grants

Status: Open to applications


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


Maximum Value:£ 5,000

Value Notes

Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

Extended Description

Previously known as the Santander Foundation, the Discovery Foundation offers funding to support local charities, community interest companies and credit unions that are helping disadvantaged people locally across the UK.

The Discovery Grants scheme combines the previous 'Community Plus', 'Learn and Grow' and 'Money Skills' grant schemes into one new funding programme.


Latest Information

Nomination forms may be submitted at any time. Entries will be considered monthly.

Key Criteria

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

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available to help with the cost of part time salaries, equipment and materials that are directly related to projects that benefit disadvantaged people in the applicant's local area.

Activities must 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 wants to fund an entire element rather than make a contribution to a larger budget.


Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not a specified requirement as the Discovery Foundation aims to fund a complete item rather than contribute to an appeal.


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.
  • Organisations which restrict their beneficiaries to a single religious or single ethnic group.
  • Events and conferences.
  • Sponsorship or fundraising activities.
  • Party political activity.
  • National projects.


Application Procedure

A simple nomination form can be picked up at a local Santander branch.

Applicants that are not near a Santander branch can download a form online.

The completed form should be dropped into the special nomination postbox provided at a local Santander branch.

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

Successful organisations will be notified by e-mail within a month of submitting a nomination.

Contact the Discovery Foundation for further information.


Addresses and contacts

Contact details:
Discovery Foundation
201 Grafton Gate East
Milton Keynes