Grants of up to £350,000 available through final round of Tampon Tax Fund

The government has made grants of up to £350,000 available through the final round of Tampon Tax funding.

For this final round of funding £11.25m has been made available for charities working with disadvantaged women and girls.

The threshold for applications reduced from £1m to £350,000 and takes the total funding to £90m.

“This means that more organisations will be able to apply, increasing accessibility to organisations that support this vital work,” said a statement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Office for Civil Society.

The Tampon Tax was introduced following VAT on sanitary products by the EU. The funding is to end following Brexit, as part of wider measures by the government around the affordability of sanitary products.

“The support provided through this final round will ensure specialist charities who receive grants can support women and girls in need and help to become more sustainable and plan for the future,” said charities minister Baroness Barran.

“We remain as committed as ever to ending violence against women and girls which is why this category is a priority for this round of funding, and we will continue to tackle the issue as a priority.”

The grants are for 12-to-18-month projects, to finish by the end of March 2023.

The deadline for applications is 4 July this year.

Scotland minister Iain Steward added: “The UK Government’s Tampon Tax Fund has supported charities right across the UK, including Rape Crisis Scotland, with vital work to help women and girls.

The lower grant threshold for this final round of applications will ensure that even more charities can access funding. I’d strongly urge Scottish charities working to support disadvantaged women and girls to apply.

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