UK Community Foundations has been awarded £3.4million from the Tampon Tax Fund to support women and girls in local communities. This is the largest grant awarded to any organisation from this fund.
UK Community Foundations will lead a programme called ‘TribeWomen’ with all 46 Community Foundations across the UK to fund projects which will help women and girls have the best future possible. TribeWomen will focus on three core areas of funding: building skills and confidence, improving health and wellbeing, and building social networks. Further specific priorities will be determined by each Community Foundation depending on local needs.
The projects will be responding to need, helping women and girls get into or back into work, raising awareness about health issues and will create and develop peer networks. A key focus will be funding preventative work to reduce the risk of crisis at different life stages. Community Foundations will work with local charities and groups in their area, building capacity in the sector to deliver meaningful projects through the fund.
The Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.
Tina Costello, CEO at the Heart of England Community Foundation, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that UKCF have been awarded this funding to support women and girls across the UK and we’re thrilled to be a part of that!
“In the coming weeks we will be offering more information on how groups in the West Midlands can apply for grants from the TribeWomen programme.”
The Foundation have previously awarded grants from the Tampon Tax fund to groups including The Baby Support Hub, Recre8now and Doorway.
Victoria Papworth, Director of Programmes and Development at UK Community Foundations said: ‘We are delighted at being awarded the largest grant from the Tampon Tax Fund. We look forward to working in local communities to support women and girls to have the best future possible.’
You can find more about UKCF on their website: https://www.ukcommunityfoundations.org/