What is the fund?

We have received funds from the Tampon Tax Fund to provide seed and replication funding 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.

The funding will be awarded in two distinct strands as follows.

Seed funding for new ideas

Funding will be allocated to community-based groups to seed fund imaginative and new ideas which help break down barriers and improve confidence and skills for women seeking employment. Successful projects can subsequently apply for additional funding from the replication strand (see below).

Replication funding for promising projects

Funding will be allocated to replication projects that can evidence that a previous pilot project or idea has promising impact and the potential to scale up regionally or nationally. This funding will be used to further test innovative approaches in new geographical areas or expand an existing project to reach more beneficiaries. 

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?

Average grant size: £5,000 to £10,000 for projects receiving seed funding and up to £30,000 for replication funding.

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

How do I apply?

Thank you to those organisations who applied by the deadline of the 11th May 2018. Decisions will be announced in July. Further funding from the Smallwood Trust will be announced later in the year. If you have any questions about our funding to organisations please email emmacrump@smallwoodtrust.org.uk