Royal Bank of Scotland has created the £2.5m RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund to support organisations that help people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to help themselves, skills that will enable them to get into work or start a business, now or in the future. Grants of up to £35,000 are available.
The funding is aimed at projects that will promote education, develop skills for employment and help people to start a business. The country has been divided into seven regions, each with its own decision making board, in order to distribute the Skills & Opportunities Fund. Although all regions will be looking to fund projects that enable people to help themselves, each will have differing priorities which recognise regional differences. In the south east they are interested in projects that create long term impact rather than short term changes, and those that deliver a measurable social impact by increasing employment, encouraging enterprise and improving educational attainment in disadvantaged communities.