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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

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Evolve at The Adam and Eve West Midlands

Help a social enterprise renovate a historic pub into a space to create apprenticeship opportunities for disadvantaged young people

Successfully funded


  • 94 backers
  • £10.3k raised
  • 63 days
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Zinnia flower farm Greater London

Social enterprise, working with anyone who wants to join and those with support or social needs, growing and selling cut flowers and foliage

Successfully overfunded


  • 24 backers
  • £1.2k raised
  • 56 days
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Access Aspiration Greater London

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

Successfully overfunded


  • 43 backers
  • £21.7k raised
  • 28 days

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