Final charities to receive Tampon Tax funding named

The government has handed the final round in Tampon Tax funding to 14 charities.

This last round is worth £11.25m and will be split between charities including Tommy’s, St Giles Trust, Women in Sport and the National Literacy Trust.

Over its six years the Fund has awarded £79m to charities. This final round of grants takes the total to £90.25m.

Tommy’s is using its grant to support its equality in miscarriage and pregnancy care project that aims to help disadvantaged and underrepresented women at risk of miscarriage.

“We’re absolutely delighted to receive a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund for our ‘Equality in Miscarriage and Pregnancy Care’ project, which aims to tackle this disparity, supporting and empowering some of the most vulnerable women,” said Tommy’s CEO Jane Brewin.

“Like many charities, our fundraising has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, so we’re hugely grateful for this support enabling us to continue our vital work.”

Meanwhile St Giles Trust’s grant will be to tackle social, economic and digital exclusion challenges facing disadvantaged women.

Women in Sport’s grant will be for its Big Sister peer mentoring scheme for young women and girls.

“We know that sports can transform lives,” said Women in Sport chief executive Stephanie Hilborne.

“Yet for far too many teenage girls sport is missing. Society may not recognise the value of sport to girls but we do. We know it builds resilience and leadership skills as well as physical literacy and happiness.”

The fund was developed to support women and girls charities and generated from VAT on period products. This tax is being removed following Brexit.

Other charities to benefit from this final round of funding include Training for Women Network, Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre and Imkaan.

A full list of recipients can be found here.

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