Government offers £15m from Tampon Tax Fund to charities supporting women and girls

Charities supporting women and girls are being invited to apply for a share of £15m that is being offered through the Tampon Tax Fund. 

A statement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said UK charities and foundations would be able to apply for grants of £1m or more, which would then be distributed to smaller organisations. 

The funding would need to benefit disadvantaged women and girls, tackle violence and support their mental health and wellbeing, the DCMS said. 

The department said applicants would be able to use part of any grant funding to improve organisational sustainability. 

The Tampon Tax Fund, which redistributes VAT collected on sanitary products, has given more than £62m to good causes since it was established in 2015. 

Under EU rules, the UK was unable to remove VAT on sanitary products, but this will happen in January. 

Baroness Barran, the Minister for Civil Society, said: “I urge charities to bid for this funding, which will not only continue to support women most in need, but will also help organisations to become more sustainable so they can plan for the future."

The deadline for applications is 31 May. 

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