Closing Friday: Ulster Bank's Skills & Opportunities Fund

Ulster Bank's Skills & Opportunities Fund is once again open for applications. In 2015, Ulster Bank committed £2.5m to fund projects in charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded schools and colleges across the UK and Ireland, and has allocated a further £2.5m to be split across two rounds in 2016. 

Funding Focus for 2016

The focus for this funding is to support organisations that help people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to help themselves; skills that will enable them to get into work or start a business, now or in the future. Ulster Bank believe that helping people gain such skills and access opportunities to learn can help turn their lives around and build better communities for everyone; when we build stronger communities, we all grow.

Ulster Bank want to support as many people and organisations as possible. So even if your project is not shortlisted, Ulster Bank may be able to help you in other ways. This might include offering its skills and expertise to help you get your project off the ground in addition to a grant.

To be eligible for this type of support, make sure your project meets the regional priorities and the set criteria, and – where Ulster Bank believes it can add value and your project has particular merit – it will contact you.

Supporting Irish Communities

"In Ireland, we welcome applications for funding for grants of varying sizes. While larger grants are available, we particularly welcome applications for smaller grants ranging from £1,000/€1,400 and upwards to support smaller-scale projects. The projects we award money to should support people into work, provide people with greater access to educational opportunities and inspire and sustain business creation. We also welcome projects that help overcome the challenges faced by communities in rural areas. We are particularly interested in initiatives that will provide an opportunity for our staff to be involved, either through volunteering, sharing our business skills or mentoring.” - Island of Ireland Board Chairs – Richard Donnan (NI Chair) and Eddie Cullen (RI Chair)

Applications for the Skills & Opportunities Fund close on 19 February at noon.

Discover more / apply now here.