Santander Bank, N.A.
Charitable Contributions Program

Our communities are stronger when we invest in each other. That's why the Santander Bank, N.A. Charitable Contributions Program makes donations to charitable organizations in the neighborhoods where our customers and colleagues live and work. We partner with programs that make a measurable difference in the lives of low- and moderate-income individuals and communities.

In addition to grant support, Santander volunteers can provide financial education, technical assistance, serve on Boards and assist with other organizational development needs.

Grant Application Guidelines

The majority of awarded grants are in the $10,000 to $100,000 range.

Three Areas of Focus

Affordable Housing: Supporting a range of affordable housing programs from homelessness prevention to home ownership

Financial Education: Promoting financial education with a focus on helping individuals with basic banking and budgeting, and the transition into the workforce or to college

Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization: Providing assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs that create and maintain jobs in our neighborhoods

Grant Making Calendar

Spring: Applications due by February 17, grants announced in early May

Summer: Applications due by June 2, grants announced end of August

Fall: Applications due by September 8, grants announced in early November

Funding Exclusions

Grants to individuals

Capital campaigns

Programs with political, sectarian, or religious purposes

Pageants, team sponsorships or sporting events

Organizations traditionally supported by parents (e.g., Little League, Parent Teacher Organizations, Scouting)

Advertising in programs, bulletins, schedules, maps, yearbooks, book covers, or brochures

Trips and tours, including transportation costs

"Walk–a–thons" or similar fundraising events

Programs serving residents in areas outside our footprint

Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, color, disability, handicap, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital status, family status, veteran status, citizenship, genetic information, ancestry, or any other basis prohibited by law

How to Apply


Click the Apply Now button above to access our online application

Attach a brief narrative proposal including organizational and program descriptions, community needs addressed, use of requested funds, and projected outcomes


A copy of the organization's current and prior year annual budgets

Budget for the specific program, if applicable, identifying any committed and pending support for the program

Other Documentation

The organization's most recent audited financial statements

A list of the organization's Board of Directors and affiliations

A copy of the organization's Federal IRS 501(c)(3) tax determination letter

Contact Information

To contact the Charitable Contributions Team by email, Click here.

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