The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is once again inviting charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations that are working in the UK with disadvantaged women and girls to apply for funding.
Now in its third year, the Tampon Tax Fund, which was first announced by the Chancellor during the 2015 Autumn Statement, is providing £15 million in large grants to women’s charities in the UK.
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 is intended for projects that focus on one of three 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. The work can cover a range of areas including, but not limited to 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 and women with learning disabilities.
Applications are particularly welcomed from organisations that support women and girls across multiple regions.