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Tampon Tax fund announces £3.5m for women’s charities

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Grants of up to £100,000 available for groups across the UK.

Organisations working with woman and girls are being invited to apply for a share of £3.5m in a fresh round of funding from the Tampon Tax Community Fund.

Charities and community groups can apply for grants of up to £100,000 to fund projects which directly benefit women and girls facing issues such as period poverty, abuse or long-term unemployment.

The money comes from the UK Tampon Tax, raised directly through the VAT levied on hygiene products, and is being administered by UK Community Foundations (UKCF).

Priority will be given to projects which operate at a grassroots level and provide long-term solutions, as well as those working with seriously disadvantaged women or girls.

Vicki Papworth, UKCF director of programmes and development, said: “Grassroots groups are doing amazing work to support women and girls across the country. They often run on a shoestring budget and struggle to compete for the larger funding pots.

“We’re proud that Community Foundations have again been recognised by government for their local knowledge and will use this vital funding to support the groups on the ground making such a big difference to women’s lives.”

Applications will be assessed by UKCF and shortlisted projects will go to a local panel who will decide which groups to award funding to. Successful projects are likely to be announced early in 2020.

Details on how to apply for funding can be found on the UKCF website.

 

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