10 voluntary organisations selected to share £15 million Tampon Tax grant

Ten voluntary sector organisations have been awarded a total of £15m in the latest round of funding from the Tampon Tax Fund.

Grants are awarded to projects that help disadvantaged and vulnerable women across the UK. The latest funding round focuses on initiatives that support victims of domestic violence.

The largest awards went to UK Community Foundations and Homeless Link, which received £3.5m and £2m respectively.

The award to the Community Foundations Network should filter down to local grant programmes in due course. It is UK Community Foundations’ second major award from the fund. It previously received £3.4m, which it distributed in grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to 418 projects that make a difference to the health, wellbeing, confidence and social and economic activity of women and girls.

Vicki Papworth, director of programmes and development at UK Community Foundations, said that only a quarter of applicants were successful last time and today’s award would enable its network to “fund the groups that do life-changing work to help women and girls overcome the many barriers and issues they face in society today”.

Homeless Link will issue grants for projects that help women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The ten grant recipients are:

o UK Community Foundations £3.5m;
o Homeless Link £2m;
o Spirit of 2012 £1.5m; 
o Comic Relief £1.3m;
o Gamcare £1.2m;
o Crisis UK £1.1m;
o Sacro £1.1m; 
o Southall Black Sisters £1.1mo 
o Changing Lives £1m; and
o Youth Access £1m.