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Grants available for charities supporting women and girls

18th September 2018

Essex-based voluntary and community organisations that are working to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls, are being invited to apply for grants from the Tampon Tax Community Fund.

The Fund, which is being managed locally by the independent charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation (ECF), was set up by the Government and receives money generated from the VAT on sanitary products. 

Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 are available to support projects which will help women and girls have the best future possible.

Successful applicants will be required to show how they meet one of the three priority areas of the programme:

  • Helping women and girls to build skills and confidence
  • Improving their health and well-being
  • Building social networks

The deadline for applications to be received is Monday 5 November. 

ECF is delighted to be working in partnership with UK Community Foundations to deliver this national funding programme in Essex.

Caroline Taylor, chief executive of ECF, said: “We know there are many voluntary organisations in Essex that are helping women and girls to improve their lives through local initiatives. These could include, but are not limited to, helping them into employment, raising awareness of health issues or creating inclusive peer networks.


“Grants are available to support ongoing work, staff costs for specific projects or to expand or start a new initiative, so please contact our grants team today.”

How to apply

To discuss an application or an idea for funding, either for the Tampon Tax Community Fund or one of the other funds managed by ECF, please call the grants team on 01245 356018.

Please note there is seperate crieria for this Fund and a specific application form, click here to view these and apply