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Santander has launched the second year of its Social Development Awards in Northern Ireland which will provide grants worth £280,000 in 2013.

This year there are some differences in how the awards will be allocated: to be eligible, organisations must have a turnover of under £1 million, and must have have at least 50% of turnover from commercial sources.

The awards are divided into three levels:

  • 1 award of £50,000 for Social Enterprises with a turnover of £250,000 to £1,000,000
  • 8 awards of £20,000 to Social Enterprises with a turnover of £100,000 to £250,000
  • 7 awards of £10,000 to Social Enterprises with a turnover of less than £100,000

The awards are part of a national community investment programme designed to help support growing social enterprises working for the direct benefit of their community. Last year's main award was made to learning disability charity the Orchardville Society which used the grant to expand its bottle sorting contract with Coca-Cola.

The award has been created to help grow existing groups that meet one of the following social outcomes:

  • Improving community / social inclusion
  • Supporting disadvantaged people through skills, training and employment
  • Creating a greener environment

Applicants can access details and application forms at either the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland or Santander’s dedicated website.

The deadline for applications is 1 July 2013.


Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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