The Santander Foundation has launched a new £1.23 million fund nearly a year earlier than was expected.
The new UK-wide scheme follows on the heels of Santander’s pilot scheme for the South West of England which opened last month.
This is good news for local UK-registered charities that can apply now for grants of up to £5,000. The funding can help with the cost of salaries, equipment or materials for projects that assist disadvantaged people within the UK. Projects must be local.
Nomination forms may be submitted at any time. Entries will be considered regionally and successful charities will be notified within two months of submitting their nomination.
Santander Foundation Manager Alan Eagle said:
“We have been delighted by the response to Community Plus across the South West. There is a real appetite for small grants to help build local projects so we have decided to bring forward the launch of the nationwide scheme, which was originally scheduled for next year.
“Through the Santander Foundation we make hundreds of donations every year to good causes around the UK for education and financial capability projects. This new fund has been set up to support a broader range of initiatives, along with a quick and simple application process specifically designed for small charities.”