Charity funding available as bids for Tampon Tax Grants get underway

Applications for a share in £15million worth of grant funding were opened at the start of December.

The Tampon Tax Fund, which was confirmed in the 2015 Autumn Statement 2015, distributes the VAT collected on women’s sanitary products to charitable organisations.

The funding is in addition to the £3million Tampon Tax funding for Comic Relief charity projects, which was announced last month by Chancellor Philip Hammond, as part of his Autumn Statement.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has stated that priority will be given to charities that work to prevent violence against women or help disadvantaged women and girls.

Funding grants will be available for one, two or three-year projects and the value of grants cannot exceed more than half of the charity’s annual income. The deadline for all applications for 2017/18 is 27 January 2017.

Organisations applying for funding to prevent violence against women and girls will need to demonstrate a plan to provide services which are not currently widely available, for example research and capacity-building projects, or a response to new threats such as internet abuse.

The guidance also stipulates that any bids must demonstrate how the charity will adhere to the government’s Violence Against Women and Girls strategy, including through partnership working, providing victim services and early intervention and prevention of violence.

Charities that bid for funding to support their work with disadvantaged women and girls, must demonstrate how a project fits within the structure of existing government and local authority services.

Campaigning and awareness-raising activities, academic research, and arts and sporting activities that are unable to show they support social inclusion will be ineligible for funding grants.

Rob Wilson, the Minister for The Office of Civil Society, which will oversee funding applications, said: “It’s great news that the Tampon Tax Fund is continuing for another year.

“We want this fund to support our vision of a society that works for everyone, working through the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to tackle the particular issues faced by women and girls.”