Empowering Women Fund offers grants to charities of up to £25,000

Charities supporting women are being invited to apply for grants of up to £25,000.

The Tampon Tax funded Empowering Women Fund is offering grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 to women’s groups and organisations to help them develop their capacity and run projects over a six month period.

Also being made available are grants of between £500 and £1,000 to small groups supporting women. This is to help them set up micro empowerment projects in their local area to support women to build their skills and confidence and decrease isolation.

Unemployment, childcare challenges and poverty are among the issues the fund is looking to address.

The fund is funded through the Tampon Tax grant scheme and is part of the Labyrinth Project, which has been set up by the domestic violence charity Solace.

A total of £300,000 is being made available, with £190,000 in England, £60,000 in Scotland and £50,000 in Northern Ireland.

Many women’s lives are complex, and they often have tangled paths through systems, structures and communities to access the support needed to live safe, independent lives. Research into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that women are facing the additional burden of unemployment, childcare and economic distress,” said Solace.

It added: “We are committed to equal access to opportunity and believe all women should have the opportunity to benefit from the available funding, regardless of age, class, disability, ethnicity, faith, income or sexuality. We particularly welcome applications from marginalised communities.

The deadline for applications for the first round of funding is 28 May 2021. A second round is being planned for the summer.

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