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. Funding is available throughout the UK.

AIMS

The Tampon Tax Community Fund aims to support women who are most marginalised to overcome barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their potential. The programme will benefit women and girls, investing in a wide variety of projects, that make a tangible and long-term difference to health, well-being, confidence and social/economic activity, as well as addressing equality gaps.

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 women and combating the influences that affect their confidence.

THIS IS NOT AN OPEN PROGRAMME, APPLICATIONS WILL BE SOLICITED FROM ELIGIBLE ORGANISATIONS

GRANTS OFFERED

• Up to £10,000

• Priority will be given to women and girl projects; we define these as:

o A project that has been established by women or girls and/or is led and staffed by women and girls

o A project that has been established with the key aim of working with women and girls only

• For a duration of up to 12 months1

• For UK based organisations with a local or community reach

• That meet one or more of the Tampon Tax Community Fund objectives (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 – supporting women and girls to learn new skills, giving them the ability to apply for new jobs and/or return to the workplace.

For example, projects might provide 1:1 support, training, mentoring, reduce isolation or build confidence and self-esteem.

• 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.

1 Grants can be up to 12 months in duration; where necessary to the project achieving its aims Community Foundations will allow extensions to February 2021, however, any grant money left unspent by February 2021 will need to be returned to DCMS. Therefore, if you anticipate delays for reasons such as recruitment or engagement, we suggest you plan a slightly shorter project to allow for extensions to fall within the timeframe available.

For example, projects could provide services related to mindfulness such as yoga, art and exercise.

• 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. For example, projects could offer social and skills groups with specialist support.

PRIORITIES FOR SHORTLIST

Priority will be given to:

• Grassroots organisations offering localised support to women or girls

• Organisations working with women or girls with multiple disadvantages

• User-led organisations that have a clear understanding of the needs of women or girls they are supporting.

• Sustainable projects that provide long-term solutions to women or girls they are helping

ELIGIBILITY

This fund is open for applications from:

• Registered UK charities

• Constituted Community groups

• Companies Limited by Guarantee with charitable aims

• Community Interest Companies Limited by Guarantee

• Co-operatives – registered Community Benefit Societies and registered Industrial and Provident Societies

• Credit Unions

• Social Enterprises

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. event catering, volunteer costs, room hire, small-scale publicity costs such as leaflet printing and small-scale consumables such as stationery

• Project staff / sessional staff costs: Budget for external consultants and staff that are employed for the specific project/activity that is being funded, including the cost of permanent staff to deliver specific projects.

Applications will open on 2nd September and close by 11th October 2019.