Applications open for £1.8mn financial & digital empowerment fund

The fund provides grants for UK charities and community interest companies working to build people’s digital and financial skills.

In 2021, the Santander Foundation chose 21 charitable organisations to receive up to £150,000 in funding from 2021–2024. These are working across various beneficiary groups including young people, women, people with disabilities, BAME, refugees and prisoners.

Applications for this year’s grants programme can be made online and the deadline is close of business on 23 September. To apply, organisations must be based in the UK, working within one of the nations or regions and be a UK registered charity or Community Interest Company. The foundation also anticipates that most of the organisations it supports through this fund will be small and medium-sized organisations with an income of less than £2 million.

Santander Foundation Chair, Judith Moran commented:

“Without access to mainstream financial services and tools, the impacts of financial and digital exclusion are profound. Not only do people pay more for goods and services and have reduced choice, but it can also affect education, employment, health, housing and overall wellbeing. We are delighted to open our grants programme again this year as the cost of living crisis deepens, and to be able to support more organisations working with those who feel the impacts of financial or digital exclusion the most.”

Applications open for £1.8mn financial & digital empowerment fund. Congratulations to the entire team. I wish you great success in this endeavour.

Shishir Gupta, Founder and CEO, StartupLanes

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