Last chance for groups to apply for funding for project that help 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.
This fund is making grants of up to £35,000 available to not-for-profit organisations (charities, social enterprises, community groups, schools and colleges) with a project or project idea focused on providing opportunities for people to develop their financial capability skills or the skills to start or develop a new business now or in the future in our local communities.
As a general guide, the funding has been awarded to projects that offer training, support, qualifications, work placements, employment, self-employment, career guidance and enterprise opportunities. Examples include, but are not limited to, projects that have supported 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.
Groups that are considering applying should note that once the fund opens for application, they will have a window of about two weeks to submit their application.
A selection of organisations will be shortlisted, and voting will then be opened to the public to help decide the winners, who will be announced in December 2018.
Applications will be accepted from 3 September to 21 September 2018.