About the RBS Skills & Opportunities Fund
- RBS aims to support and strengthen communities and to help achieve this, it distributes £2.5m in funding annually to community organisations through the NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund in England and Wales; Royal Bank of Scotland Skills & Opportunities Fund in Scotland; and the Ulster Bank Skills & Opportunities Fund in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
- The Fund is aimed at not-for-profit organisations including charities, community groups, social enterprises and state-funded schools and colleges with existing or planned projects focused on financial capability and enterprise.
- The Skills & Opportunities Fund is just one part of RBS’ commitment to supporting financial capability and enterprise in the UK and Ireland. Other initiatives include MoneySense – RBS’ flagship financial education programme for 5-18 year-olds, and Entrepreneurial Spark, which has opened 13 free business accelerators for start-ups in the UK to date.
To ensure proportionate allocation of funding for the purposes of the Skills & Opportunities Fund, the UK and Ireland is divided into eight regions: London; South East; South West & Wales; Midlands & East; North; Scotland; Northern Ireland; and the Republic of Ireland.