DCMS announces charities to share £15m from latest Tampon Tax Fund round

The biggest awards have gone to UK Community Foundations and Homeless Link

Ten voluntary sector organisations have been awarded a total of £15m in the latest round of funding from the Tampon Tax Fund.

The biggest awards went to UK Community Foundations and Homeless Link, which received £3.5m and £2m respectively.

More than 70 organisations have now received grants worth £62m since the fund was created in 2015, using VAT charged on women's sanitary products.

Grants are awarded to projects that help disadvantaged and vulnerable women across the UK.

The latest funding round focuses on initiatives that support victims of domestic violence.

Mims Davies, the Minister for Civil Society, said: "It is absolutely right that we invest money from sanitary products in projects to give more women and girls the help and support they need to address the difficult challenges they face in our society.

"This important funding will help thousands more vulnerable women of all ages across our communities."

It is UK Community Foundations' second major award from the fund.

It previously received £3.4m, which it distributed in grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to 418 projects that make a difference to the health, wellbeing, confidence and social and economic activity of women and girls.

The latest funding will enable it to run a second round of grants.

Vicki Papworth, director of programmes and development at UK Community Foundations, said that only a quarter of applicants were successful last time and today's award would enable its network to "fund the groups that do life-changing work to help women and girls overcome the many barriers and issues they face in society today".

Homeless Link will issue grants for projects that help women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport said: "The government has committed to continuing the fund until the UK is legally able to apply a zero rate of VAT to women’s sanitary products.

"A decision will be made on the future of the fund once this has been achieved."

The latest grant recipients

UK Community Foundations £3.5m

Homeless Link £2m

Spirit of 2012 £1.5m

Comic Relief £1.3m

Gamcare £1.2m

Crisis UK £1.1m

Sacro £1.1m

Southall Black Sisters £1.1m

Changing Lives £1m

Youth Access £1m

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