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Skills & Opportunities Fund celebrates 3 years of community support
Ulster Bank is marking a milestone with its community programme, the Skills & Opportunities Fund which celebrates three years in operation having contributed a total of £244,390 to 14 groups across Northern Ireland
The programme has helped nearly 5,000 people, almost half of whom have achieved qualifications with the majority having developed increased confidence. Fifty-five have secured employment, and there have been 13 jobs and 5 new business start-ups generated.
The Fund is aimed at not-for-profit organisations including charities, community groups, social enterprises and state-funded schools and colleges with existing or planned projects focused on financial capability and enterprise.
Past winners including Cinemagic and MACS – Supporting Children and Young People were guests at a special celebration event to look back over the past three years and encourage new groups to submit applications for Round 1 of the 2018 Skills & Opportunities Fund by the closing date of Friday 23rd February.
Richard Donnan, Head of Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland said, “At Ulster Bank we’re really pleased that the Fund has had such a positive impact in the three years since its launch, distributing vital funding to great local initiatives and organisations and helping people and their wider communities.
“Our Skills & Opportunities Fund is another way in which we play our part in helping to build better communities and provide access to the safety and security support that’s needed to build financial capability skills and further develop a sustainable entrepreneurial culture.
“Seeing the money being used to reach and help so many people across Northern Ireland is something we are really proud of and want to celebrate. However we would also like to grow the number of applicants and I would encourage community groups and social enterprises to enter our Round 1 process ahead of 23 February on http://skillsandopportunitiesfund.ulsterbank.com.”