11 December 2017
Government Invites Women’s Charities in the UK to Apply for £15m in Funding
The Government has launched the £15 million Tampon Tax Fund for a third year in a row with grants starting at £1 million.
The Tampon Tax Fund was announced by the Chancellor during the 2015 Autumn Statement. The Office for the Civil Society, which is part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), is running and managing this UK-wide fund.
Charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations based and working in the UK can submit applications for grants of at least £1 million.
There is £15 million for the current fund which covers 2018-19. The minimum grant is £1 million. There is no maximum level of grant. The grant must represent more than 50% of the applicant’s collective annual income. Grants may be for one or two year projects, with a maximum of two years up until 31 March 2020.
The funding will support projects that focus on at least one of the following categories.
Violence against Women and Girls – Applications will be considered from organisations that support women and girls affected by or at risk of violence or abuse. This includes domestic violence and abuse, sexual violence, so-called ‘honour-based’ violence, stalking and prostitution and sex work, and applications are encouraged from consortia that cover multiple crime types. Projects should include early intervention and prevention of VAWG crimes, as well as victims’ services. Proposals must provide additional activity not currently within mainstream provision.
Mental Health and Wellbeing – Applications will be considered from organisations that promote mental wellbeing and prevention of mental illness for vulnerable and disadvantaged women and girls. This includes applications that promote mental wellbeing, public health prevention, early intervention, digital innovations, community based provision and working across sectors. Proposals should provide additional activity not currently within mainstream provision.
General programme – Applications will be considered from organisations working to improve the lives of disadvantaged or under-represented women and girls. As an indication, the work may be in the following areas (this is not an exhaustive list) and proposals that address other issues will be considered:
- Alcohol and drug abuse.
- BAME services.
- Education and employment.
- Engaging excluded and vulnerable women through sport.
- Female offenders.
- Gender equality.
- LGBTQI specific services.
- Multiple complex needs.
- Older women.
- Period poverty.
- Women with disabilities.
- Women with learning disabilities.
Applications are particularly welcomed from organisations that support women and girls across multiple regions.
The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 28 January 2018.