Skills & Opportunites Fund Opens for Applications

Applications are now being accepted for Ulster Bank's Skills & Opportunities Fund. For 2017 Ulster Bank is making €175,000 available across the Republic of Ireland through the Skills & Opportunities Fund. Regional boards (with the help of a public vote) will determine the destination of grants of up to €35,000. 


Ulster Bank will consider any application as long as your project helps people in disadvantaged communities to learn new skills that will enable them to become self-employed, set up their own business, grow their business or become financially capable.
It will also consider the regional priorities of each area. The priorities for the Republic of Ireland are as follows:
  • Applications for smaller grants (€1,000 up to €10,000) to support smaller-scale projects.
  • Pprojects that support financial capability and education, or financial inclusion among disadvantaged groups.
  • Projects that encourage people to start their own business, as well as projects that promote inclusive economic growth and improve social mobility.
  • Initiatives that provide an opportunity for Ulster Bank staff to be involved through volunteering and sharing their varied skills.

Basically, the projects supported are as diverse as the people they help.

As a general guide, Ulster Bank has funded projects that offer training, support, qualifications, work placements, employment, self-employment, career guidance and enterprise opportunities. For example (and this is not an exhaustive list), projects in the past have targeted women with low literacy and numeracy and no work experience, the homeless, unemployed people, disadvantaged young people, women in rural areas, students about to leave school, ex-offenders and those with a history of addiction.
Applications must be submitted online. 

The deadline for applications is Friday, 22 September.