Shares of £3.5m available from latest tranche of Tampon Tax funding

The money is available to projects and services that directly benefit women and girls

Funding available for projects that benefit women and girls
Funding available for projects that benefit women and girls

Women’s charities are being invited to apply for a share of £3.5m from the latest round of Tampon Tax funding.

The money, which comes from the VAT levied on sanitary products in the UK, is available for projects and services that directly benefit women and girls.

UK Community Foundations, the umbrella body for the 46 UK community foundations, is administering the Tampon Tax Community Fund on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available and applications for funding should be made to the charity’s local community foundation.

Priority would be given to grass-roots organisations, those working with women or girls facing multiple challenges, user-led organisations and sustainable projects providing long-term solutions, UKCF said.

In most cases, applications close on 11 October, depending on the community foundation’s existing grant rounds.

Successful applicants will be announced in early 2020, UKCF said.

Vicki Papworth, director of programmes and development at UK Community Foundations, said: "Grass-roots groups are doing amazing work to support women and girls across the country. They often run on shoestring budgets and struggle to compete for the larger funding pots.

"We’re proud that community foundations have again been recognised by government for their local knowledge and will use this vital funding to support the groups on the ground making such a big difference to women’s lives."

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