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Round two of the Royal Bank of Scotland Skills and Opportunities fund is now open, with £2.5 million being made available.

The fund, which is open to charities, social enterprises and community groups, can help provide a financial lifeline for those groups looking to expand their cause.

Starting in May 2015, the fund has granted £1.25 million to local community initiatives throughout the UK and Ireland.

Commenting on the fund, Christina said:

“I’m privileged to represent a constituency that has so many deserving charities and causes. It’s humbling to see so many people give their time, effort and passion to their projects.

“However, these inspirational community groups and social enterprises don’t get anywhere near the recognition or support they deserve.

“There is a range of options available for these groups and the RBS Skills and Opportunities fund is one of them. They have over £2.5 million in funding available, with applications being taken now.”

Malcolm Buchanan, chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland’s Scottish Board, said: “We had tremendous success with the launch of the fund last year and supported a number of very worthy organisations across the country.

"As a bank, we are looking to support projects in our region that can deliver measurable social impact and make a real difference.

“We want to support projects that will help people investigate self-employment and start their own business and we also want to support organisations which help to improve the financial education of disadvantaged people and help them manage their personal finances more effectively.”


Christina further added:

“Fostering ties within our community will only result in a positive, transformative change for all. As an MSP, I’ve had the real privilege of seeing that positive change transform the lives of people in Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse.  

“Please seek what funding is available to you by exploring the Skills and Opportunities Fund at: