Added on: 25th September, 2019 by Christina_41410
Local groups supporting women and girls with issues like period poverty, domestic and sexual abuse, mental health and long-term unemployment can to apply for a share of £3.5 million for their vital work.
A further round of the Tampon Tax Community Fund is open to charities and community groups working with women of all ages and backgrounds to build their skills, confidence and self-esteem.
Groups anywhere in the UK can apply to their local Community Foundation for grants of up to £10,000 and the funding can only be used for projects or services that directly benefit women and girls.
Priority will be given to grassroots organisations, organisations working with women or girls facing multiple challenges, user-led organisations and sustainable projects providing long-term solutions.
Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said,
“Grassroots groups are doing amazing work to support women and girls across Kent and Medway. They often run on a shoestring budget and struggle to compete for the larger funding pots. At Kent Community Foundation we use our local knowledge to ensure this vital funding supports the groups on the ground making such a big difference to women’s lives.”
Projects in Kent and Medway that have been awarded grants through the Tampon Tax funding include:
Health Action Charity Organisation MBE, based in Medway, received a grant of just over £7,000 for to safeguard girls at risk of female genital mutilation by empowering communities to abandon the practice.
“Our services have always been to address the overlapping issues of HIV diagnosis, mental health and Domestic Abuse but receiving this funding from Kent Community Foundation has allowed us to add an additional, much needed service, to educate the community and create more awareness of female genital mutilation, to prevent more young girls going through this unnecessary procedure.”
Dover Smart Project, received a grant of £5,000 to provide sanitary products for over 500 girls and woman in the Dover area, effected by multiple levels of deprivation.
“The grant from Kent Community Foundation enabled us to recruit two new part time staff members and reach more beneficiaries across the Dover district.”
Rising Sun Domestic Violence & Abuse Project, received a grant of £10,000 for their work to support adults, families and children affected by domestic abuse.
“The £10,000 grant from Kent Community Foundation allowed us to employ a part time outreach worker who is fluent in speaking Punjabi to help identify women and young girls who need advice and support.”
If you know of a Kent project for vulnerable women and girls that would benefit from a grant from the Tampon Tax Community Fund, please contact www.kencf.org.uk/apply
Applications close 11 October