Regional priorities

To discover the priorities in your area please click a region on the map or use the postcode finder below.

Republic of Ireland

In the Republic of Ireland we welcome applications from projects that can deliver measurable positive social impacts, to help people to start their own businesses and become more financially capable. We’d like to fund projects that can help entrepreneurs build confidence and develop business start-up skills. We’d also like to fund financial capability projects, including helping people with budgeting and money management and supporting access to banking and financial services.

All projects should benefit communities that are facing disadvantages, and grants can vary from €1,000 right up to €35,000. New projects are welcome, as are proposals to widen the reach of existing projects – with the overall aim being to promote inclusive economic growth and improve social mobility. As in previous funding rounds, we will also be glad to support projects that provide opportunities for our staff to get involved through volunteering and sharing their varied skills.

Eddie Cullen, Ulster Bank, Republic of Ireland Board Chair

Scotland

We would like to fund a diverse geographical spread of projects throughout Scotland, which develop enterprise and financial capability skills, and which can also demonstrate a measurable social impact in Scottish communities where beneficiaries experience significant disadvantages.

Malcolm Buchanan, Royal Bank of Scotland, Scotland Board Chairman

North

In the North region, we are focusing on two specific areas of activity. We want to fund projects that Help people investigate self-employment and start their own business. Improve the financial education of people facing disadvantages, to help them manage their personal finances more effectively. While we are keen to see applications submitted from across our region, we would particularly encourage organisations from outside the larger metropolitan areas to apply.

Richard Topliss, NatWest, North Board Chairman

London

In London, we’re determined to make a difference to the communities that need it most. We’re looking to fund projects that can deliver measurable positive social impacts, and which help people in London facing significant disadvantages to succeed. This can be via programmes that improve financial capability or that provide skills to support the capital’s growing enterprise and entrepreneurship community. We are particularly interested in hearing from not-for-profit organisations that wish to partner with us to leave a lasting legacy and that can provide volunteering opportunities for our staff.

Rachel Blackamore, NatWest, South East and London Board Chair

Midlands and East

In the Midlands and East, we’re looking to encourage projects to help build a long-lasting legacy and make a real difference in our disadvantaged communities. We’d like to fund projects that can deliver measurable positive social impacts, and which help entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. We also want to support projects that improve the financial education of people facing disadvantages, to enable them to manage their personal finances more effectively.

Janat Hulston, NatWest, Midlands and East Board Chairman

South West and Wales

In the South West and Wales region, we want to support not-for-profit organisations with projects that will help people to investigate self-employment and ultimately start a business. We also want to support not-for-profit organisations that help to improve the financial education of people facing disadvantages, to enable them to manage their personal finances more effectively. Although volunteering opportunities for our staff are not essential, where this would be possible, we would very much like to hear about any such opportunities.

Chris Preston, NatWest, South West and Wales Board Chairman

South East

In the South East, we’re determined to make a difference to the communities that need it most. We’re looking to fund projects that can deliver measurable positive social impacts, and which help people in the South East facing significant disadvantages to succeed. This can be via programmes that improve financial capability or that provide skills to support the region’s growing enterprise and entrepreneurship community. We are particularly interested in hearing from not-for-profit organisations that wish to partner with us to leave a lasting legacy and that can provide volunteering opportunities for our staff.

Rachel Blackamore, NatWest, South East and London Board Chair

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, we welcome applications for grants of varying sizes. Larger grants are available, however, we particularly welcome applications for smaller grants to support smaller-scale projects (please note that the minimum grant amount is £1,000). We want to fund projects from not-for-profit organisations that support financial capability, financial inclusion, enterprise and entrepreneurship - that focus on driving inclusive economic growth and improving social mobility in local communities and that can demonstrate a measurable economic or social impact.

We are particularly interested in hearing from rural groups and from those with initiatives that provide volunteering opportunities for our staff to share their business skills.

Richard Donnan, Ulster Bank, Northern Ireland Board Chair

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