Tampon Tax Community Fund

About this grant
Maximum Amount
Panel Meeting Dates

This funding programme is to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.

All projects must be completed within 12 months of funding being received.
up to £10,000
11th October 2019
Mid November (date TBC)

The Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. BLCF will be awarding grants of £5,000 – £10,000 to charities and community groups delivering projects that support women and girls to build skills and confidence, improve their health and wellbeing, and build social networks.

THIS YEAR BLCF WILL BE MATCH FUNDING THIS PROGRAMME WITH OUR OWN WOMENS FUND (MARK WEST FUND). -As both the Tampon Tax Fund and Mark West Fund have similar objectives and cover the same geographical area we are combining both funds on this occasion. This means that groups can only apply under this application form, link found below.

About the fund

Women and girls can be disproportionately disadvantaged by multiple issues which are often complex in nature. Combined with these barriers and differing needs within population and geography, specialist and local support is often necessary. Within this context applicants will need to demonstrate how they meet one or more of the following objectives:

Building skills and confidence, for example, supporting women and girls to learn new skills, giving them the ability to apply for new jobs and/or return to the workplace.

Improving health and well-being, for example, teaching women how to look after and improve their own mental or physical health and live in good health for longer.

Building social networks, for example, connecting women to others they can share similar experiences with, supporting them to feel less lonely, more valued, more able to pass on that support.

Priority will be given to:

  • Grassroots organisations offering localised support to women or girls
  • Organisations working with women or girls with multiple disadvantages
  • User led organisations that have a clear understanding of the needs of women or girls they are supporting.
  • Sustainable projects that provide long-term solutions to women or girls they are helping

This fund is open for applications from:

  • Registered UK charities
  • Constituted Community groups
  • Companies Limited by Guarantee with charitable aims
  • Community Interest Companies Limited by Guarantee
  • Co-operatives – registered Community Benefit Societies and registered Industrial and Provident Societies
  • Credit Unions
  • Social Enterprise

Tampon Tax 2019 Criteria

Once you have read the criteria and if you are eligible to apply you can find the online application form here: TT Application Form 2019