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Grants available for women and girls projects

2nd September 2019

Voluntary and community organisations that support women and girls are invited to apply to the Tampon Tax Community Fund for a grant.  

The Fund, which is managed locally by Essex Community Foundation (ECF), was set up by the Government in 2018 and allocates money generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of women and girls.

This is the second time that UK Community Foundations has been selected by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to distribute the largest share of Tampon Tax funding. 

To date, the fund has awarded £85,000 to 13 local voluntary groups. Among the organisations to benefit were Basildon-based charity Changing Pathways which received £10,000 to support women that have experienced domestic violence. Active Life For a Healthier You also received £9,900 to run wellbeing and exercise workshops for women in Southend.

Other funded projects include a peer support group for new mothers and women only counselling groups for those with mental health problems in the Tendring district.

Caroline Taylor, chief executive of ECF, said: “Grants from this fund are tackling serious issues that affect many women and girls, including period poverty, domestic and sexual abuse and long-term unemployment. We would encourage local community and voluntary groups to apply for funding in this latest round. Our grants team is available to talk through ideas and help with the application process”.

Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 are available and successful applications must meet one of the three priority areas: building skills and confidence, improving physical or mental health and creating social networks.

Priority will be given to grassroots projects, organisations working with women or girls facing multiple challenges, user-led organisations and sustainable projects providing long term solutions.

The deadline for applications to be submitted to ECF is 5pm on 11 October 2019. For an application form, click here.