Tampon Tax Fund Round II (2019)

Tampon Tax Fund

The purpose of the Tampon Tax Fund is to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.

The Tampon Tax Community Fund aims to support women who are most marginalised to overcome barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their potential. The women that will benefit from this initiative will have had little/no access to support or previous investment in their personal or educational development, and/or their social networks.

This programme aims to fund small-scale interventions, which will make a considerable difference to the lives and happiness of women and girls by raising the aspirations of girls and young women and combating the influences that affect their confidence.

These grants will invest in a wide variety of projects, large and small, that aim to make a tangible and long-term difference to health, wellbeing, confidence and social/economic activity as well as addressing equality gaps.

How much can I apply for?
  • Between £5,000 and £10,000
  • For a duration of up to 12 months
  • Meet one or more of the Tampon Tax Community Fund objectives (see below).
What difference will it make?

Women and girls can be disproportionately disadvantaged by multiple issues which are often complex in nature. Combined with these barriers and differing needs within population and geography, specialist and local support is often necessary. Within this context, applicants will need to demonstrate how they meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Building skills and confidence, for example, 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, for example, teaching women how to look after and improve their own mental or physical health and live in good health for longer.
  • Building social networks, for example, 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.
What are the priorities of the programme?

Priority will be given to:

  • Women and girl organisations, which we define as:  An organisation that has been established by women or girls and/or is led and staffed by women and girls.
  • An organisation that has been established with the key aim of working with women and girls only
  • The majority of beneficiaries served by the organisation are, and will continue to be, women and girls, and the majority of the services will reflect this.
  • Grassroots organisations offering localised support.
  • Organisations working with beneficiaries with multiple disadvantages.
  • User led organisations that have a clear understanding of the needs they are supporting.
  • Sustainable projects that provide long-term solutions to the people they are helping.
Who can apply?

This fund is open to the following organisations:

  • Constituted Community groups
  • Registered UK charities
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations
  • Companies Limited by Guarantee
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Co-operatives – registered Community Benefit Societies and registered Industrial and Provident Societies
  • Credit Unions
  • Social Enterprises

If you are applying in partnership or as part of a consortium the organisation which submits the bid must be an eligible entity from the list above; this organisation will manage the funds if successful.

Funding to Community Interest Companies and other non-charities may include conditions to restrict funding to charitable objectives only.

What we will fund:
  • Volunteer expenses: Budget for training, travel, telephone calls, travel and meals.
  • Activity costs: Budget for resources to facilitate a project/activity; costs that fall outside capital, volunteer or staffing costs, e.g. catering, insurance.
  • Temporary/sessional staff costs: Budget for external consultants and sessional staff that are employed for the specific project/activity that is being funded.
Who can’t apply:

This fund is not open to the following organisations:

  • Groups in receipt of Tampon Tax funding from another funder
  • Individuals or Individual Sponsorship
  • Organisations that are connected to a political Party
  • Statutory organisations, including schools
  • Faith based organisations are welcome to apply but we do not fund religious activities.
What we won’t fund:
  • Use for activities of a party political or exclusively religious nature. Note that in line with Compact principles, DCMS recognizes the importance of an independent civil society sector. DCMS, therefore, recognizes that civil society organisations are entitled to campaign within the law, in order to advance their aims, irrespective of any funding relationships that might exist. DCMS funding may not be used to fund these activities.
  • Paid for marketing and advertising (save as expressly permitted in eligible expenditure)
  • Purchases of capital equipment (save as expressly permitted in eligible expenditure).
  • Costs reimbursed or to be reimbursed by funding from other public authorities or from the private sector
  • Interest payments (including service charge payments for finance leases)
  • Statutory fines, criminal fines, or penalties
  • Trips abroad.
How do I apply?

There is a form to be completed online. UKCF & South Yorkshire Community Foundation are handling the application process. To apply please click here to be taken to the application page.

When can I apply?

The deadline for applications is 11th October.

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