PLEASE NOTE ROUND 1 OF THE WOMEN'S URGENT SUPPORT FUND IS NOW CLOSED
The Women’s Urgent Support Fund is supported by over £3.2 million of National Lottery funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, to respond to the cost-of-living crisis. Thanks to National Lottery players, £3 million will be awarded in grants to 60 small, local community organisations led by and serving women, enabling 20,000 women to access vital specialist support services over five years.
The Smallwood Trust has been tackling gendered poverty for 136 years. We thank The National Lottery Community Fund for recognising our experience and expertise as a specialist funder for UK women’s organisations. This fund has come at a crucial time and will enable Smallwood to invest in frontline organisations so they can continue providing life-saving services for the most marginalised women in the UK.
Round 1 of the Fund will launch in April and will prioritise emergency funding for women’s sector organisations enabling them to respond to the spike in demand for urgent and basic needs from women who are most at risk of poverty.
We will be making a further announcement in April and encourage interested organisations to keep up to date with our website and Twitter for more information.
You can read the full press release from The National Lottery Community Fund here.
Notes to Editors:
The Women’s Urgent Support Fund is supported by £3,210,000 of funding from The National Lottery Community Fund to respond to the cost-of-living crisis. Thanks to National Lottery players, £3 million will be awarded in grants to 60 small, local community organisations led by and serving women, enabling 20,000 women to access vital specialist support services over five years (2023 – 2028). £210,000 will be used to cover programme and admin costs.
About The National Lottery Community Fund
We are the largest funder of community activity in the UK – we support people and communities to prosper and thrive.
We’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and to work closely with Government to distribute vital grants and funding from key Government programmes and initiatives.
Our funding has a positive impact and makes a difference to people’s lives. We support projects focussed on things that matter, including economic prosperity, employment, young people, mental health, loneliness and helping the UK reach NET Zero by 2050.
Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.
National Lottery players raise over £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. Since The National Lottery began in 1994, £43 billion has been raised for good causes. National Lottery funding has been used to support over 635,000 projects - 255 projects per postcode area.
About the Smallwood Trust
The Smallwood Trust has been helping women across the UK out of poverty for 136 years. Our programmes provide grant funding and support to enable women to become financially resilient and to ensure economic systems work for them rather than against them. Half of the UK population are women – therefore our approach not only matters for individual women, enabling them to thrive economically and overcome financially stressful events, it is also critical for the UK economy. While we will continue to meet the immediate needs of women facing financial insecurity, we will also increasingly focus on tackling the systems that cause gendered poverty.