Businesses compete for £1.25m RBS fund

Businesses compete for £1.25m RBS fund

A total of 11 businesses across Scotland are in the running for a share of a £1.25m fund set up by RBS – with the public voting for their favourites.

Over 800 not-for-profit organisations across the UK and Ireland have applied for the latest round of Royal Bank of Scotland’s Skills and Opportunities funding – and the public are invited to help decide which ones should go on to receive grants of up to £35,000 this December.

The shortlisted companies include:

  • Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre
  • Assynt Leisure Sport, Youth and Learning Centre in Lairg
  • Aberdeen’s Community Food Initiative North East
  • Elgin Youth Development Group
  • The Langholm Initiative
  • Inverness’ Social Enterprise Academy
  • Falkirk Football Community Foundation
  • The Edinburgh International Science Festival’s Generation Science Project
  • Hope 2 Oban
  • Aberdeen Foyer
  • Glasgow Bike Station

Malcolm Buchanan, chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland’s Scottish board, said: “We received an excellent response from organisations across Scotland which are working hard to make a difference in their communities.

“The diversity and standard of entries has been superb and shows how keen some individuals are to improve the lives of the people who they live and work beside.

“It’s going to be a very difficult decision now to choose the ultimate winners of this round – and that’s where the public vote comes in.

“The Skills and Opportunities Fund offers the opportunity for real change for Scotland. We want to see everyone take the time and cast their vote.”

To allocate funding fairly across the UK and Ireland, Royal Bank of Scotland has divided the projects into seven regions.