The Women’s Resilience Fund: Evolving Our Grant-Making Strategy

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Women’s Resilience Fund which will empower frontline women’s organisations to distribute grants to financially vulnerable women in their local communities.

Over the next two years, the Fund hopes to allocate around £1m between 40 community grant partners who will be best placed to provide practical one-to-one support to the women who need it.

To ensure we remain responsive and to maximise our impact, we believe this community-led strategy will enable us to reach more financially vulnerable women with support centred on the key drivers of stability, such as housing, financial security, pathways to employment and mental health and wellbeing.

Paul Carbury, CEO at Smallwood Trust said, “Devolving power to frontline women’s organisations is an important part of this project as not only will the Fund help them build their financial capacity but it will also place the decision-making with those directly supporting financially vulnerable women.”

In order to become one of our community grant partners, organisations will need to share our core values, have a strong track-record in helping women in their local community, be financially capable and have good leadership. In return, Smallwood Trust will provide funds, a grant-making toolkit and full training.

In particular, the Fund would like to invite expressions of interest from organisations in the areas of Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool/Merseyside and Middlesbrough/Teesside.

For more information on how to apply to become a community grant partner please email emmacrump@smallwoodtrust.org.uk

Update as of 6th April 2020: We are committed to supporting women on low incomes and the services that support them. In light of the impact of Covid-19 on the women’s sector, we are currently reviewing our grant giving plans, scheduled rounds and response to the pandemic. Further information about the planned funding rounds including Community Grant Partnerships, will be available after the 29th April.


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