How to get funding

To show our support for your idea, we’ll add 50% of the money you need to make it happen.

The Changemaker Fund has been created to support projects that help disadvantaged people to have confidence in the future by building skills and knowledge or innovative ideas that help communities prosper.

If you have a brilliant idea that gains support from the Crowd we’ll help you to achieve your target by matching the final 50%.

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What we're looking for

The extra funding is available for ideas that are supporting social change through one of our three priorities:


We’re looking for ideas that help people develop their skills.


We welcome ideas that improve people’s knowledge.

Social innovations

Your idea could support a social innovation that creates positive change.

How it works


Develop your idea, tell your story on Crowdfunder and ask people to support you with pledges

Changemaker Crowd

When you hit 50% of your funding target, we’ll add the other half (projects up to max £20,000)

Making a difference

Once you’ve hit your target, you can begin to make your mark in the community

Do you fit the bill?

You need to be able to say yes to these three questions:

Are you a constituted organisation with a project to help disadvantaged people in the UK?

Are you a start-up, small charity or social enterprise with a target of up to £20,000?

Do you have a long-term aim with a demonstrable short-term impact (a report will be required)?

Apply and start crowdfunding



Santander's flagship community programme The Discovery Project aims to help one million people by building skills, growing knowledge and supporting innovation. The Changemaker Fund provides grants to community groups, small charities and social enterprises working to help local communities to prosper.