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1 June 2022

Avon Fund for Women and Girls

Grants are available for small voluntary and community groups in Northamptonshire for projects supporting women and girls.

In 2022 the Avon Fund for Women and Girls will have a focused commitment to funding up to three projects that address UN Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality. Support will focus particularly on addressing violence against women and girls and helping women and girls rebuild and recover their lives after the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Small and locally managed voluntary, community and self-help groups supporting women and girls in Northamptonshire can apply.

To be eligible, groups must:

  • Have people volunteering to help with the project who are not part of the management committee.
  • Have a set of written rules or a constitution.
  • Have a child protection and/or vulnerable people’s policy in place.

Priority will be given to groups able to provide the following:

  • Clearly thought-out project activity.
  • Evidence of need backed up with research.
  • Evidence of community involvement.
  • Clearly thought-out budget.
  • Evidence a group is attempting to become self-sufficient.

Funding is available for projects that benefit women and girls in Northamptonshire, including:

  • Building skills and confidence.
  • Improving health and wellbeing.
  • Helping women moving on from violence or abuse.
  • Supporting social networks.

The Fund will particularly welcome project proposals which address one or more of the following:

  • Maintaining/improving support for women and girls who are experiencing or are at risk of violence and abuse, including early intervention work with 13-17 year old girls in this category.
  • Projects supporting women and girls to recover/rebuild their lives after the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Projects supporting survivors of violence and abuse to get their lives back on track through social support networks, education and employability.
  • Projects tackling financial and technological control of women and girls.
  • Expanding reach and support for women and girls who face additional barriers in accessing services such as BAMER (Black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee), older, LBTI (Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex) and disabled communities.

Eligible costs include:

  • New activities.
  • Start-up costs for a new group or service.
  • Building on the good work of an already established project.
  • Revenue costs.
  • Capital costs.

The next deadline for applications is 27 June 2022.

Applicants should complete the expression of interest form on the Northamptonshire Community Foundation website.

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