CSR EOI (Oli)

Changemaker and Crowdfunder

How Santander distributed £200,000 to great ideas across the UK

Santander is working with Crowdfunder to support social innovation, committing £200,000 of extra funding to great ideas in the UK.

Changemaker is the bank’s funding pot to help social enterprises, small charities and community groups to deliver projects that create innovative solutions to improve communities.

It's providing additional funding for people who have turned to crowdfunding to make their ideas happen.

Thousands have applied, and soon the money will be put to good use in communities across the UK.

All of our projects are supported and promoted by millions of people at any one time, so it’s a wonderful story for our partners to be involved with.

As a social enterprise we live and die by the work that we do. The more work we get, the more opportunities we can offer the local community and the more jobs we can offer to those who need them.

Marie, founder of the Goldfinger Factory project that received £10,000 of extra funding from Changemaker
Social enterprises

Bristol's Severn Project continues to grow after a £10,000 boost from Santander Changemaker.

How The Severn Project got a boost from Santander

The Severn Project is an award-winning urban farm in Bristol, providing the South West with 200 tons of salad and herbs since 2010. 

They also support people from challenging backgrounds by providing education, training and employment.

They set out on Crowdfunder to raise £10,000 to continue that work and hit their target thanks to a ’Crowd’ of almost 100 backers.

The project to open a new site was given a further boost when Santander added £10,000 of Changemaker funding to the total, meaning they raised over £20,000 in total to get the work started.

Other projects supported by Santander

Foodworks 2 image

FoodWorks 2 Cornwall

FoodWorks is an engaging, positive food-skills programme that gets into communities to improve people’s health and wellbeing.

Successfully funded


  • 55 supporters
  • £40.6k raised
  • 52 days
Access aspiration image

Access Aspiration Greater London

Supporting schools with career and university support. Helping students improve their confidence, networks, CVs and employability.

Successfully overfunded


  • 43 supporters
  • £21.7k raised
  • 28 days
Foundation for change image

Foundation for Change Greater London

We offer an intensive 10 week course that transforms the lives of people with histories of drug or alcohol misuse, leading to happier lives

Successfully overfunded


  • 73 supporters
  • £14.4k raised
  • 56 days
Xlr8 summer school image

XLR8 Summer School West Midlands

To run a summer school for children to support their health and well-being and encourage social cohesion during the school holidays

Successfully overfunded


  • 50 supporters
  • £10k raised
  • 63 days
Unloc enterprise academy roadshow image

Unloc Enterprise Academy Roadshow Hampshire

The Unloc Enterprise Academy is an exciting community programme to get young people inspired and motivated through the medium of enterprise.

Successfully funded


  • 10 supporters
  • £8.2k raised
  • 38 days
Dorset science & technology centre image

Dorset Science & Technology Centre Dorset

The centre will be home to a Planetarium, Science Clubs, Coding lessons (Adults too!), Robot Making, Electronics, Dinosaurs & much more!

Successfully funded


  • 8 supporters
  • £6k raised
  • 28 days

Interested in distributing funds?

Get in touch. Our experts would love to have a chat and see if it would work for you.