Skills and Opportunities Fund public vote now open
Voting for the first round of the 2017 Skills and Opportunities Fund will be open from midday on Friday 21 April to midday on Friday 5 May 2017.
More than 700 not-for-profit organisations, including charities, community groups and social enterprises from across the UK and Ireland, have applied for up to £35,000 of funding for projects aimed at helping people learn new skills, find work or start up in business.
The applications have been narrowed down to a shortlist of 85. The results of the public vote will count as one vote alongside those of the judging panels from our regional boards who will decide which good causes receive funding.
The public can vote once per region here:
Last year RBS gave away £2.5m in grants to community projects across the UK and Ireland through their newly launched Skills & Opportunities Fund. This year support for grassroots organisations continues with a further £2.5m and as the second round of 2016 funding concludes, 52 more projects will receive a share of £1.25m.
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- Alan Plunkett
- I should like to nominate WLM as I know they are already doing valuable work and are very deserving for your support.