NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund R2 2017 Launch


Skills & Opportunities Fund

We are giving away a further £1m of community funding

Almost 9 in 10 of us have benefitted from the work of a charity, according to the latest Social Landscape Report compiled by The Charities Aid Foundation and ACEVO – highlighting just what an essential role charities (as well as other not-for-profit organisations) play in our communities.

It’s just one of many reasons that we’re delighted to announce that we’re making a further £1m of community funding available to not-for-profit organisations in England and Wales through our Skills & Opportunities Fund.

Applications for R2 2017 are open from Friday 1 to Friday 22 September 2017 and not-for-profit organisations, including community groups, social enterprises and state-funded schools and colleges with eligible projects are invited to apply for grants of up to £35k.

The projects that we fund focus on helping people in some of the most disadvantaged communities in England and Wales to access the skills and opportunities they need to build their financial capability or to start or develop a new business.

Here’s how one previous winner, Cinque Ports Community Kitchen CIC, has been using their Skills & Opportunities funding to improve the prospects of 26 unemployed young people in the East Kent area:

“Our Keen2Cater courses include practical, hands-on hospitality training in our teaching kitchen, as well as targeted help to solve financial, personal and practical barriers to work.

At the end of each course, participants plan, prepare and serve a meal to invited guests, including local employers and dignitaries – not only does this experience provide them with real-life experience of commercial catering, it also boosts their self-confidence, hopefully helping to kick start and sustain a career in the industry.”

Interested in applying this time round or know an organisation that might be? Full details are available at Remember to check the eligibility criteria and application guidelines before applying, as well as the relevant Regional Priorities, which applications will be reviewed against at the judging stage.

With almost 90% of us likely to benefit from the assistance of a charity at some point in our lives, and 100% from building stronger communities, make sure to spread the word among both your local and virtual communities.

Here’s a reminder of the key dates for R2 2017:

Application window:  Fri 1 Sep – Fri 22 Sep 2017

Public vote:    Fri 27 Oct – Fri 10 Nov 2017

Regional Board:   Mon 13 Nov  – Fri 24 Nov 2017

Announcement of winners: Tue 11 Dec 2017

Thank you for your interest in the NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund – all the best if you choose to apply!