The NatWest Bank has announced that its £2 million Skills and Opportunities Fund has re-opened for applications. Charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded schools and colleges across the UK and Ireland are able to apply for funding of up to £35,000 for projects to help people in disadvantaged communities develop their financial capabilities and enterprise skills to start a business.
When all applications have been received and reviewed, the NatWest will publish a shortlist of projects being considered for funding in each region. Voting will then be open to the public. The outcome of the public vote will be taken into consideration by the regional judging panels.
Each region will have its specific funding priorities. These can be viewed at http://skillsandopportunitiesfund.natwest.com/apply/regional-priorities/
Previous winners included:
- John Hampden Grammar School which received funding towards a project aimed at young adults who are struggling to reach the required standards or have behavioural issues and come from deprived backgrounds.
- The Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre which received funding for a Women Ex-Offenders Peer Mentoring Programme which aims to improve the life chances of women ex-offenders through educational and volunteering opportunities.
- St. Joseph’s Primary School, in Northern Ireland received funding to become the first primary school in the UK to promote enterprise by embedding design thinking and creativity into the whole school curriculum.