If we haven't answered your question below, please contact the Skills & Opportunities Fund team.


  • Is my idea fundable?

    • We'll consider any application as long as your project helps 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.

      We also consider the regional priorities of each area – click on the regional priorities map to find out what they are in your area.

      As a general guide, we’ve funded projects that offer training, support, qualifications, work placements, employment, self-employment, career guidance and enterprise opportunities. For example (and this is not an exhaustive list), projects in the past have targeted 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.

      Basically, the projects we support are as diverse as the people they help.

  • Can my organisation apply?

    • You can apply if: 

      • You're a not-for-profit organisation or an eligible state funded education body e.g. charity, social enterprise, community group, school, college.
      • You're based in the Republic of Ireland.
      • You can demonstrate experience of working in and/or with disadvantaged communities.
      • You are able to demonstrate experience in measuring the impact of your projects.
      • Your organisation has a turnover of less than €10 million as shown in your most recent set of accounts or is a state-funded school or college.
      • Your organisation has traded for at least 2 years. (Not applicable to schools/colleges).

  • What counts as turnover?

    • Total combined turnover as stated in your last full year of your most recent set of company accounts. Your application will be rejected if you request a grant of more than 20% of the combined turnover.

  • Are schools eligible?

    • Yes, state-funded schools are eligible to apply.

  • My organisation has been going for years, but only officially constituted recently, are we eligible?

    • Unfortunately, no. We need to see the track record of your organisation to have confidence that you can deliver the benefit you’re proposing and ensure our funding is having the biggest possible impact on the community.

  • What constitutes previous RBS funding?

    • The Inspiring Enterprise Fund, The Ulster Bank Community Impact Fund, the Skills & Opportunities Fund or an RBS Community Grant, which was over £10,000.

  • Does my project need to meet the regional priorities?

    • Yes. Please click here for more details on the priorities in your area.

  • How do I visit the Northern Ireland site?

    • When first visiting the site, you chose the Republic of Ireland region. In order to visit the Northern Ireland site, please clear your cache, refresh your browser, and choose “Northern Ireland”.

The application process

The funding