Charities offered £150,000 grants for digital and financial inclusion schemes

Charities are being offered the chance to apply for £150,000 of funding to support digital and financial inclusion projects.

The Santander Foundation has launched a £1.8m Financial & Digital Empowerment Fund that will provide support to organisations working to improve digital and financial skills.

The grant-maker said the fund would support projects equipping people with the tools, knowledge and confidence to make better-informed decisions about money.

It said it would make 12 awards of £150,000 to UK-registered charities and community interest companies to be spent over the next three years.

It said applicants must have an annual income of more than £75,000, but the foundation anticipates most of the organisations it supports will have incomes of less than £2m a year.

Judith Moran, chair of the Santander Foundation, said: “The launch of our new grants programme is aimed at supporting charities who work with those that feel the impacts of financial or digital exclusion the most.

“With the pandemic further highlighting the crucial importance of digital and financial skills, with more and more basic services moving online, we want to ensure we build the capacity of organisations that help more people in our communities become digitally and financially empowered, creating better opportunities for their future.”

Applications close on 13 August.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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