The aim

At the Royal Bank of Scotland we want to help build better communities for everyone. To achieve that aim, we’re seeking projects that will 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

In 2018 we’re making £280,000 available across Scotland through our Skills & Opportunities Fund. The Scottish board (with the help of a public vote) will determine the destination of grants of up to £35,000. So, if you’re a not-for-profit organisation and have a project aimed at helping people to help themselves, in the areas of financial capability and enterprise, then keep an eye out for our next application window.

£280k overall fund, grants of up to £35,000

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


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


We'll then review the applications and publish a shortlist of projects being considered.


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


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

Take a look at our winners


FetLor Youth Club

FetLor Youth Club is a youth work charity that has been working with young people from areas of deprivation in North Edinburgh and beyond since the 1960s, helping them to access opportunities, build confidence and find resilience.


Stirling District Citizens Advice Bureau Ltd

Stirling District Citizens Advice Bureau ensures that individuals do not suffer through ignorance of their rights, responsibilities and services available to them or through an inability to express their needs effectively.


Islay & Jura Community Enterprises Limited

Islay & Jura Community Enterprises is a charity providing a wide range of leisure, educational and social activities for the communities of Islay and Jura, with specific support for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.