The aim

At NatWest we want to help build better communities for everyone.

To achieve that aim, we’re seeking projects that will enable people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to build their financial capability, or progress a business plan.

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The Fund

In 2017 we’re making £2 million available across England and Wales through our Skills & Opportunities Fund. A judging panel (with the help of a public vote) will determine the destination of Grants of up to £35,000. So, if you’re a not-for-profit organisation and have a project aimed at helping people to help themselves, in the areas of financial capability and enterprise, then keep an eye out for our next application window.

£2m total fund, grants of up to £35,000

The process - There are four steps to applying for a grant:


Applications are submitted online. If you're interested in applying, please click here to find out how.


We’ll then review the application and publish a shortlist of projects being considered.


Those shortlisted projects will be put into a public vote and our judging panel will select the winners for each region.


The winners will receive the funding they need to support their projects.

Take a look at our previous winners

Start Up

Start Up Now

Startup works with women ex-offenders and young at risk women to give them the skills and hope to turn their lives around.

Bay Business Centre

North Lancs Enterprise

We are North Lancs Enterprise, trading as Bay Business Centre, based in Morecambe, and we help disadvantaged people move from unemployment to self-employment. 

Faithworks Wessex

Faithworks Wessex

Faithworks Wessex is all about hope. We're an independent, Bournemouth-based charity, working to inspire and equip disadvantaged people on their journey out of isolation and poverty.