Tampon Tax Community Fund
Northamptonshire Community Foundation is delighted to be working in partnership with UK Community Foundations to deliver the Tampon Tax Community Fund in the county.
Victoria Miles, CEO of Northamptonshire Community Foundation said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to be working on this national funding programme in partnership with other community foundations to help add value and support to tackling disadvantage for women and girls across Northamptonshire.’
Grants awards will be between £5,000 and £10,000. Applications to this fund open on Monday 17th September.
Examples of the types of projects that may be funded include activities and projects which encourage young women to make the transition back into education, employment or training aimed at vulnerable women. Another example project may be structured training in construction aimed at women with little or no experience in the industry who face additional barriers such as caring responsibilities or financial disadvantage.
Matthew Toresen, Programmes Officer for Northamptonshire Community Foundation said: ‘We will be working with community groups and charities who deliver projects that support women and girls to build skills and confidence, improve their health and wellbeing, and build social networks.’
‘A key focus will be funding preventative work to reduce the risk of crisis at different life stages. This may be by helping women and girls get into or back work, raising awareness about health issues, or by creating and developing peer networks.’
Shona Blakeley, Development Manager at Women’s Fund for Scotland who are working with UK Community Foundations, said: ‘Since receiving the Tampon Tax funding in 2016, we have been able to make a difference to the lives of 18,000 women in Scotland. The new funding will have a much wider reach than those it seeks to support, and will also have a positive effect on families and the wider community.’
The Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.