Total of £15m up for grabs from latest tampon tax fund round

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport is inviting applications from women's charities for at least £1m apiece


Women's charities can apply for grants of at least £1m through the latest round of the tampon tax fund, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has announced.

In a statement, Tracey Crouch, the Minister for Civil Society, said the fund was making a total of £15m available to charities that support women's mental health and wellbeing, as well as organisations that tackle violence against women and girls.

Charities that help women with drug and alcohol abuse issues or use sport to engage vulnerable women are also being invited to apply.

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.

Crouch said in a statement yesterday: "The tampon tax fund is already making a real difference to the lives of women and girls across the country. We are ensuring that the money generated from sanitary products continues to support good causes and address the serious issues that women of all ages face."

She also specifically welcomed applications for projects that support women and girls "across multiple regions" of the UK.

Applications are open until midnight on Sunday 28 January for projects delivered over either one or two years.

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