Names of 10 charities to get Tampon Tax funding announced by DCMS

The organisations will receive £15m of grants between them, the biggest going to UK Community Foundations, which will get £3.4m

The government has announced the names of 10 charities that will receive grants totalling £15m from the latest round of Tampon Tax funding.

UK Community Foundations will receive the biggest sum, £3.4m, for a project that will make grants to smaller UK charities to support vulnerable and excluded women.

The mental health charity Mind will receive the second-largest grant, of almost £1.8m, for a scheme designed to increase the provision of mental health peer support for women.

A total of 195 organisations applied to the fund, which is being administered by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The government announced in the 2015 Autumn Statement that VAT on women’s sanitary products would be used to provide £15m of grant funding each year for women’s health and support charities.

George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time, said the government would provide the funding for as long as European Union rules required the government to levy VAT on sanitary products.

The latest funding brings the total given out by the government through the scheme to £47m.

Tracey Crouch, the minister for sport and civil society, said in a statement: "The money generated from sanitary products is being invested in good causes that tackle the serious issues that women of all ages face.

"It will be used to support vulnerable women and girls and help build a Britain fit for the future."

The 10 grant recipients

UK Community Foundations – £3.4m

Mind – £1.8m

Brook Young People – £1.5m

Women’s Aid Federation of England – £1.5m

Rape Crisis England & Wales – £1.4m

The RCJ & Islington Citizens Advice Bureaux – £1.1m

St Giles Trust – £1.1m

Arhag Housing Association – £1m

Hestia Housing and Support – £1m

One Parent Families Scotland –£1m

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