Tampon Tax Community Fund

The Tampon Tax Fund allocates 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. OCF will be awarding grants of up to £10,000 to local charities and community groups delivering projects that support women and girls to build skills and confidence, improve their health and wellbeing, and build social networks.

Amounts available: Up to £10,000

Group annual income: No limit

Type of cost: Support for women and girls to build skills and confidence, improve their health and wellbeing, and build social networks

Timescales: Applications should be for a project that lasts up to 12 months

Closing date: Thursday10th October at midday

Successful applicants will be notified by the end of November 2019.

What we're looking for

A key focus will be funding preventative work to reduce the risk of crisis at different life stages. This may be by helping women and girls get into or back to work, raising awareness about health issues, or by creating and developing peer networks. Grants will be made to grassroots groups working with women and girls, and we encourage groups from more deprived areas and/or working with beneficiaries with multiple disadvantages to apply.

The grant will cover three core areas of funding:

  • 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.
Priority beneficiaries

Priority will be given to women and girl projects, defined 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 following types of organisation and beneficiaries will also be prioritised:

  • Grassroots organisations offering localised support
  • Organisations working with women or girls 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 women or girls they are helping.
What to expect

The first thing you should do before applying is to download and read the Tampon Tax Community Fund criteria document, which gives full details of who can apply and any exclusions.

To apply to the fund, we are inviting organisations to register their projects on the Good Exchange – a funding platform that connects donors and funders with the groups they wish to support. We will be in touch if your project meets the programme aims.

Please note that on the platform, you’re able to list the full cost of running your project of which we may choose to support an element up to the value of £10,000. Other donors and funders may also wish to contribute, so please make your request clear. You can also use the Good Exchange as part of your fundraising strategy, to promote your project via social media etc, and to showcase your work to a wider audience.

Your application will be assessed by our office-based grants team, and you may be asked further questions about your application at this stage. Our independent panel of volunteers with sector expertise will then review and prioritise all the applications at their next meeting.

Your project must be complete by 31st December 2020, and you will be asked to submit your monitoring and evaluation by 1st February 2021.

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