Please note: The fund closed on the 4th March 2019. Further details of future funding rounds for organisations will be published on the website in due course and for more information, please get in touch.


What is the fund?

We have received funds from the Tampon Tax Fund to provide grants to projects which enable women on low incomes to access new skills, training, confidence building and employment opportunities. Tampon Tax funding is matched with Smallwood Trust funding.

The impact goal of the Fund is to:

Build the skills, confidence and aspirations of women on low incomes to enable them to enter into employment

To date, these funds have been used to award £150,055 to 17 organisations to seed new ideas. The grants of £5,000 - £10,000 were awarded over one year and projects started in July 2018. We are now accepting applications for funding in 2019.

Funding for good and emerging practice

The objective of the fund is to identify and document good practice that is achieving outcomes for women on low incomes by building their skills, confidence and aspirations to enable them to enter into employment.

We will fund existing projects and ongoing work. Projects should be proven and able to evidence impact and good practice. This includes interventions that are not currently documented extensively or are being implemented in a new context. Applications should:

·       Be able to evidence the good practice that the project has identified and implemented

·       Document the lessons learnt on what works for achieving outcomes that build the skills, confidence and aspirations of women on low incomes to enable them to enter into employment  

·        Provide evidence of success/impact and the potential for replication and scaling up in new geographical areas or to reach more beneficiaries in the future. Funding for successful projects to replicate their work will potentially be available from the Smallwood Trust from 2020

·       Demonstrate how the project can contribute to local and/or national policy


Please note that for this funding round we are looking to fund existing projects that are demonstrating good practice and learn from this funding to implement potential replication.

We are keen to enhance our understanding of what works to improve outcomes for financially vulnerable women. It should be noted that part of the grant will include participation in good practice workshops to share learning. These will take place on 5th September 2019 and 6th February 2020.


Who is it for?

We are able to provide funding for charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations.  

How much can I apply for?

In this grant round we expect to award 10 - 15 projects with grants of between £10,000 - £15,000. Funding will be awarded over one year initially. Further funding will potentially be available from the Smallwood Trust from 2020.  


Am I Eligible?

The programme is open to charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations that:

  • Have a clear mission and project that is aligned to helping women become financially resilient
  • Are well managed with clear governance structures
  • Have robust financial procedures in place and are a going concern
  • Are working with other local agencies and partners
  • Provide venues and services which are open and accessible
  • Are led by experienced trustees, staff and volunteers 
  • Have appropriate safeguarding measures and policies in place

Area of benefit

The Smallwood Trust’s area of benefit is the United Kingdom. In this funding round we are prioritising applications from:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Newcastle, Teesside and other parts of the North East
  • Hull and Humberside
  • Leeds and Bradford
  • Sheffield
  • Merseyside
  • Rural communities in Kent, Cornwall, Cumbria, Dorset and Norfolk 


Living Wage Friendly Funder

We are a Living Wage Employer and Friendly Funder, which means that we would like to see a Living Wage in place for the posts we fund. If increasing the salary in this way is problematic for your organisation/group please discuss this with us. For more information, please visit;




The fund closed on the 4th March 2019. We expect to announce successful applicants in May 2019. If you have any questions on the application process or guidance notes please email