In 2015 National Westminster committed £2.5m to fund projects in charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded schools and colleges across the UK and Ireland.

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. 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, everyone grows.

The 'Skills and Opportunities Fund' wlll be open to applications between 1st and 19th February 2016, at noon.  A shortlist of applications will be drawn up and published then put to a public vote.  The judging panel will take into account the results of this vote.

They want to support as many people and organisations as possible. So even if your project isn't shortlisted you may be able to get help in other ways. This might include offering 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 they believe they can add value and your project has particular merit – they will contact you.

The country has been split into 7 different regions all with a different focus - the focus for London is below.

“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, which help people succeed by supporting enterprise, education and employability projects in London's disadvantaged communities. We are particularly interested in projects that leave a lasting legacy and can offer volunteering opportunities for our staff.”

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