Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Funding for groups

The Abbey Charitable Trust has now changed its name to the Santander
Foundation and has announced some changes on it’s new website.

The Santander Foundation will support disadvantaged people through the
following priorities:

* Education and training - This does not have to be formal training or
lead to a qualification (although these activities are eligible too)
but could be part of lifelong learning; any activity disadvantaged
people undertake to improve their confidence in a skill or their
understanding of a subject.

Examples of possible activities include independent living skills,
anger management, improving self-esteem, reminiscence projects for
older people, art and craft sessions or IT classes.

* Financial capability - This priority includes giving advice and
helping disadvantaged people to take control of their money. It could
include budgeting skills as well as managing the financial challenges
that arise from being a carer, unemployment, break up of
relationships, disability or ill-health.

Examples of possible activities include costs of running a credit
union, projects delivering financial advice and helping people to
understand their benefit entitlement - any project helping people to
make informed choices about their finances might meet this priority.

Grants of up to £10,000 can be awarded anywhere in the UK. However
there are certain areas where Santander has a significant presence and
Community Partnership Groups have been established and higher grants
can be made. There are nine such areas across the UK in which grants
of up to £30,000 are available.

The Foundation is also now able to support revenue or capital items,
such as salaries and project costs or equipment.

There are no deadlines or application form, however there is now a
cover sheet that you can use as a checklist to make sure that you
covered all the information required in your letter of application

For more information visit the Santander Foundation website here:
http://www.santanderfoundation.org.uk/index.aspx