Funded by the VAT charged for sanitary products in the UK, the Tampon Tax Community Fund supports women and girls to overcome barriers so that they can reach their full potential.
Non-profit organisations (including charities, community groups and social enterprises) can apply for grants of up to £10,000 for projects that support women and girls across the UK to build their skills, confidence and self-esteem. Projects are eligible for funding if they are up to 12 months in duration and support women and girls facing issues such as:
- period poverty;
- domestic and sexual abuse;
- mental health and physical health problems;
- long-term unemployment.
Priority is given to women-led grassroots projects that have a local or community reach. For this reason, it is unlikely that large charities with a national reach will be successful. All projects must meet at least one of the following outcomes:
- Building skills and confidence, e.g. helping women return to work
- Improving health and well-being (both mental and physical)
- Building social networks – connecting women with others facing similar projects, so that they can build new support networks
To apply, you should visit the website of your local Community Foundation, which you can find by looking at this list. The fund has varying deadlines depending on your area, so check information provided by your local Community Foundation carefully before applying.