Voting for the first round of the 2017 Skills and Opportunities Fund will be open from midday on Friday 21 April to midday on Friday 5 May 2017.

More than 700 not-for-profit organisations, including charities, community groups and social enterprises from across the UK and Ireland, have applied for up to £35,000 of funding for projects aimed at helping people learn new skills, find work or start up in business.

The applications have been narrowed down to a shortlist of 85. The results of the public vote will count as one vote alongside those of the judging panels from our regional boards who will decide which good causes receive funding.

The public can vote once per region here:

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