This time round, an incredible 790 not-for-profit organisations, charities, schools and colleges across the UK and Republic of Ireland have applied for funding towards an inspiring range of projects aimed at helping people learn new skills, find work or start up in business.   These have now been narrowed down to a shortlist of 91, across our seven regions – each of them profiled on the Skills & Opportunities website.

The results of the public vote will count as one vote alongside those of each region’s judging panel, deciding which good causes are ultimately successful in receiving funding in December.

There aren't any projects shortlisted in Croydon however applications for the next round will open again in Spring 2016. So, if you are or know of a not-for-profit organisation, charity, school or college that meets the entry criteria and hasn’t received funding before, there is plenty of time to get prepped for next time.

If you would like to be kept in the know about the key dates, just register your details here.