The aim

At NatWest we wanted to help build better communities for everyone. To achieve that aim, we funded projects that enable people in disadvantaged communities to develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to build their financial capability skills or to start or develop a new business now or in the future.

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The Fund

Over the past four years we’ve provided over £7m of funding across England and Wales through our Skills & Opportunities Fund and have helped 311 organisations. The regional boards (with the help of a public vote) determines the destination of grants of up to £35,000. This is the last year of the fund so make sure to vote for your favourite organisation when the voting opens on 26 October.

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Read all about our winners

Access to Dorset

Access Dorset

Access Dorset is a charity run by and for disabled people, older people and carers, offering peer-support, training, information, advice and advocacy, as well as a Centre for Independent Living, and more.

People Matter - Equipping people for employment

People Matter

People Matter work in Eastbourne to help those who are unemployed to enter employment, volunteering or training – focusing particularly on those aged 50-plus, and those with English as a second language.

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Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs

Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs (iSE) is a leading, social enterprise development organisation with a 16-year track record of supporting the start-up and growth of enterprises and women-led businesses across the West Midlands.

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

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

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

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Those shortlisted projects will be put into a public vote and our regional boards will each select the winners for their region.

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