The Tampon Tax Fund allocates the funds generated from the VAT imposed on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.
Local not-for-profit organisations across the country can apply now for a grant to run local projects and services directly benefiting women and girls facing issues such as period poverty, domestic and sexual abuse, mental health and long-term unemployment.
Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 (up to £15,000 in London) are available for a duration of up to 12 months.
Projects must meet one or more of the following objectives:
- Building skills and confidence – supporting women and girls to learn new skills, giving them the ability to apply for new jobs and/or return to the workplace.
- Improving health and well-being – teaching women how to look after and improve their own mental or physical health and live in good health for longer.
- Building social networks – connecting women to others they can share similar experiences with, supporting them to feel less lonely, more valued, more able to pass on that support.
The funding can be used for volunteer expenses, activity costs, and project staff/sessional staff costs.
The Tampon Tax Community Fund is being delivered locally across the UK through a partnership between the UK Community Foundations and its local Community Foundation members.
UK based organisations with a local or community reach can apply. Groups should visit their local community foundation website for further details about the eligibility requirements of the scheme in their area as well as the local closing date for applications as these may vary slightly.
In general, the deadline for applications is 11 October 2019.
The Tampon Tax Community Fund supports women and girls of all ages across the UK to build their skills, confidence and self-esteem
Charities and community groups can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to run projects and services directly benefiting women and girls facing issues such as period poverty, domestic and sexual abuse, mental health and long-term unemployment.
The programme seeks to reduce the risk of crisis at different life stages. This may be by helping women and girls get into or back work, raising awareness about health issues, or by creating and developing peer networks.
Priority will be given to grassroots organisations, organisations working with women or girls facing multiple challenges, user-led organisations and sustainable projects providing long-term solutions.
The Tampon Tax Community Fund is delivered through our network of Community Foundations. The first round of the programme opened in September 2018 and a further round is due to open for applications in early September 2019, although some members are running to a slightly different timetable.
For more information on the programme or to apply, groups should get in touch with the Community Foundation closest to them which is administering the programme. Please refer to this list to find which Community Foundation is managing the programme in your local authority area.
The Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. It is managed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which awarded UKCF a grant to set up the Tampon Tax Community Fund.
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