New round of applications for Tampon Tax Fund grants opened by DCMS

The round announced by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is for the year 2017/18

Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The latest round of applications for Tampon Tax Fund grants to charities is now open, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced.

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

The current fund is worth £15m and will prioritise organisations that address violence against women or work with disadvantaged women and girls.

The latest funding round, which is for 2017/18, will be run by the Office for Civil Society.

According to the DCMS guidance for applicants, the fund will offer grants for one, two or three-year projects, and grant values cannot represent more than half of the applicant’s annual income.

Applicants seeking funding for work to combat violence against women and girls will have to provide services that are not currently widely available, such as research and capacity-building projects, or respond to new challenges such as those posed by the internet, the guidance says.

The guidance says that any bids must demonstrate how they 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.

For organisations that are seeking funding for projects working with disadvantaged women and girls, proposals must show how they fit within the structure of existing government and local authority services, according to the guidance.

Campaigning and awareness-raising activities, academic research, and arts and sporting activities that cannot demonstrate how they support social inclusion will not be eligible for funding.

Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society, said in a statement: "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."

The deadline for applications is 27 January, and applicants will find out in spring whether they have been successful. Individual grant agreements will be finalised by the summer.

The funding round is not related to the £3m of tampon tax income, which it emerged in this year’s Autumn statement would be administered by Comic Relief.

The Office for Civil Society was criticised by sector bodies for the brief application process for that funding round – organisations were given only eight days to apply.

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