Latest funding round of Tampon Tax Fund is now open

The fund provides £15m of grant funding a year to women's health and support charities from the VAT charged on women's sanitary products

Charities working with vulnerable women can now bid for grants of £1m or more from the latest round of the government’s Tampon Tax Fund, which opened today.

The fund gives out £15m of grant funding each year to women’s health and support charities from the proceeds of the VAT charged on women’s sanitary products, which are taxed as luxury items.

It was launched in 2015 by George Osborne, who was Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time. He said the government would provide the funding for as long as European Union rules required the government to levy VAT on sanitary products.

This year’s funding round will focus on projects that support victims of domestic violence, work to reduce rough sleeping and homelessness among women, help vulnerable women through music therapy or encourage them to participate in sport to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

It will also be available to grant-making charities that support smaller organisations to deliver tailored services to support women.

Projects must run for two years to be eligible for the funding.

Mims Davies, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: "It is vital that disadvantaged women and girls and those who face violence or homelessness are given the help they need to rebuild their lives and reach their full potential.

"This fund is already having a resoundingly positive impact across our country and I am delighted that thousands more women and girls will be helped as a result of this round of funding."

More than 70 charities have received grants as a result of the Tampon Tax, and the latest round of funding brings the total offered so far to £62m, with £47m already allocated.

The fund will be open for applications until Sunday 20 January.

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