NatWest recently hosted an event at the Entrepreneurial Spark, based in their Brighton offices, where the invited crowd heard from representatives from NatWest, along with recipients of funding from a range of organisations from across the Sussex region.
The event served as both an opportunity to celebrate the good work of the various organisations selected from the region, whilst also announcing the ongoing fund, which opens for application between Fri 1 Sep – Fri 22 Sep 2017.
During the event, MediaBite produced a short film, inviting guests to give examples of the work that their organisations are able to provide within their communities, in part, due to the funding they receive from the Skills & Opportunities Fund and NatWest.
NatWest announces £1m of community funding in England and Wales
Almost 9 in 10 of us have benefitted from the work of a charity, according to the latest Social Landscape Report compiled by The Charities Aid Foundation and ACEVO – highlighting just what an essential role charities (as well as other not-for-profit organisations) play in our communities.
It’s a role that shows no sign of abating, putting not-for-profit organisations under increasing pressure to secure funding. This makes the announcement that NatWest is making a further £1m of community funding available in England and Wales through its Skills & Opportunities Fund, all the more welcome.
The application period opens on Friday 1 September 2017 and the final deadline for applications is Friday 22 September 2017. Organisations eligible to apply for grants of up to £35k include charities, community groups, social enterprises and state-funded schools and colleges that help people in disadvantaged communities in England and Wales to access the skills and opportunities they need to build their financial capability or to start or develop a new business.
Tim Boag, chair of NatWest’s South East regional board, hopes that the public, who have a say in which organisations are successful, “will get behind their favourite causes – spreading the word and generating support online, as well as voting for them later in the process.”
He continues: “As a bank, financial capability and enterprise are two areas where we can offer support and expertise, to help people and build strong communities. As well as receiving financial assistance from the Fund, successful applicants can also receive support from our employee volunteers.”
Interested in applying or know an organisation that might be? Full details are available at http://skillsandopportunitiesfund.natwest.com, where you can also subscribe to the mailing list to receive reminders and updates. Remember to check the eligibility criteria and application guidelines before applying, as well as the relevant Regional Priorities, which all applications will be reviewed against at the judging stage.
With almost 90% of us likely to benefit from the assistance of a charity at some point in our lives, and 100% from building stronger communities, make sure to spread the word among both your local and virtual communities.