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NEWS FOCUS 9 News LDA launches £30m funding for community groups The London Development Agency (LDA) has launched the second round of funding for charities, voluntary and other local groups, worth £30m. Primarily aimed at skills and regeneration projects, the Opportunities Fund Round Two is in its second year. The three-year Round Two fund will help those in disadvantaged groups overcome barriers to find work or learn new skills, while also supporting the regeneration of deprived areas including neglected industrial estates. Projects should be based on four themes. These are: Skills and employment support for equalities groups including people with disabilities, BAME groups and women; Opportunities for engagement in London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for London’s diverse communities; Improving the working environment of industrial estates including business, training and environmental improvements; Capacity building, such including increased training and networking, for minority-led organisations. Last year, the first ever Opportunities Fund (Round One) attracted 766 applications and the LDA is expecting even more interest after each former applicant was contacted about the new three year fund - along with 1,200 other organisations. Over the next three years, more than 20,000 people and 6,000 businesses will benefit from Opportunities Fund Round One, which includes 14,000 women, 5,000 people with disabilities and 15,000 people from black and minority ethnic groups. Interested organisations have until October 6 to complete a short expression of interest form via the LDA website at www.lda.gov.uk. Olympic 2012 business opportunities now online Businesses hoping to get involved in the forthcoming Olympic Games are being encouraged to register on the official London 20