The Tampon Tax 2020/21- application deadline extended by a week to Sunday 7 June 2020

THE TAMPON TAX 2020/21 – Grants starting at £1 million for UK not-for-profit organisations to deliver projects that improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged women and girls.

New application deadline: Sunday 7 June 2020 (previously Sunday 31 May 2020).
Funder: The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Who can apply: UK registered charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations, Community Interest Companies, Co-operatives, Independent Provident Societies, and other not-for-profit organisations with a formal constitution, set or rules or governing document. Consortium bids are encouraged.

The Tampon Tax has reopened to applications for 2020/21 with a total budget of £15 million, to be allocated as follows:

o England: £11.99 million.
o Scotland: £1.57 million.
o Wales: £905,000, 
o Northern Ireland: £530,000.

Funding is available for up to 2 years. All activities must be completed and funds spent by 30 June 2022.  Large grants starting at £1 million (there is no maximum grants award level) are available for projects that address one of the following issues:

1. Violence against Women and Girls – applications will be considered from organisations that support women and girls affected by or at risk of violence or abuse. This includes domestic abuse, sexual violence, so-called ‘honour-based’ abuse, stalking and prostitution and sex work  Projects should include early intervention and prevention of VAWG crimes, as well as victims’ services. Victims services should be focussed on women and girls as these are the beneficiaries of the Tampon Tax Fund. However, support may be provided for their children if this is required to enable women and girls to receive the services they need. Applications from consortia that cover multiple crime types are encouraged.

2. Young Women’s Mental Health and Wellbeing – applications will be considered from organisations that promote mental wellbeing and prevention of mental illness for vulnerable and disadvantaged young women and girls aged between 9 and 25. This includes applications that promote mental wellbeing, public health prevention, early intervention, digital innovations, community-based provision and working across sectors.

3. General programme – applications will be considered from organisations working to improve the lives of disadvantaged or under-represented women and girls. As an indication, the work may be in the following areas (this is not an exhaustive list) and proposals that address other issues will also be considered:
o   Alcohol and drug abuse.
o   Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) services.
o   Education and employment.
o   Engaging excluded and vulnerable women through sport.
o   Female offenders.
o   Gender equality.
o   LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) specific services.
o   Multiple complex needs.
o   Older women.
o   Period poverty.
o   Women with disabilities.
o   Women with learning disabilities, and/or
o   Loneliness

A range of not-for-profit organisations may apply for a grant (see list above). Consortium proposals are encouraged. Matched funding is welcomed.

Individual organisations do not need to have a national remit but must demonstrate how proposed activities will be delivered across a number of regions or, where possible, more than one region in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

DCMS is particularly interested in receiving applications from organisations whose projects include making onward grants to other charitable organisations as a way of utilising existing expertise in the sector, increasing geographical reach, and improving impact.

In 2020, applicants are invited to explain how they would use up to 10% of their grant funding to improve the sustainability of their organisations (at least 90% of grant funding must be used to deliver frontline services).

Applicants for projects which include making onward grants to small and medium sized charities are also encouraged to include a ‘sustainability’ element in the criteria for these onward grants. Onward grantees who are applying for up to £100,000 should be able to bid for up to 25% of their funding on sustainability and those applying for more than £100,000 should be able to bid for 10% of their funding on sustainability.

The application deadline for the 2020/21 programme has recently been moved from midnight on Sunday 31 May to midnight on Sunday 7 June 2020, with successful applicants now expected to be notified in late August or September 2020.

Further information, guidance notes and an application form is available on the GOV.UK website.

Contact details for the programme are:

Tampon Tax Enquiries
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
100 Parliament Street
020 7211 6000