First Tampon Tax awards made


Nine local projects working with some of society’s most vulnerable women and girls have received a much-needed funding boost from Sussex Community Foundation.

Small charities and community groups have received grants of £5,000-£10,000 from the Tampon Tax Community Fund to work with women of all ages, focussing on preventative services for those at risk of crisis.

Projects that received funding in Sussex include those that will help women and girls get into or back to work, raise awareness about health and mental health issues, and support those who have experienced (or are at risk of experiencing) domestic abuse/violence.

The Tampon Tax Community Fund is money generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.

As one of the UK’s largest grant-giving organisations, UK Community Foundations has been asked by Government to distribute £3.4 million of funding raised through the levy on sanitary products to small, local projects supporting women and girls.

 Projects funded in Sussex are:




Brighton Women’s Centre


Brighton Women’s Centre has been supporting women for over 40 years and across wider Sussex since 2014. This grant will support the redevelopment of the Centre’s counselling service.

As You Are Centre


The As You Are Centre provides free and low-cost psychological support to individuals, couples and families, including relationship and family therapy and therapeutic groups. This grant will fund six therapeutic groups for women experiencing mental ill health.

Safety Net


Safety Net is a local children’s safety and well-being charity whose aim is to keep children and young people safe from harm and abuse. This grant will extend current provision to provide a focused project, Girls Talk, specifically addressing the needs of girls and young women (10-14 years).

Safe in Sussex


Safe in Sussex provides refuge accommodation and other support services to women, children and young people experiencing and/or fleeing domestic abuse/violence. This grant will support the development of a bespoke emotional resilience and recovery programme.

Counselling Plus Community


Counselling Plus Community provides a professional counselling service to the disadvantaged people in Hastings and Rother. This grant will support a facilitated group (six two-hour sessions) for 28 women who have suffered domestic and/or sexual abuse.

Women’s Voice


Women’s Voice is run by women for women and girls. This grant will support workshops and activities designed to bring women together, encourage empowerment, well-being, confidence and skills, and the establishment of a women’s peer network across Hastings & St Leonards.

My Sisters’ House


My Sisters’ House Women’s Centre works across the coastal area in Arun & Chichester). Beneficiaries are women and girls who have suffered violence and abuse and are deeply traumatised. This grant will support the launch of a buddy/peer system.

Sussex Prisoners Families


Sussex Prisoners Family works with families impacted by imprisonment. This grant will build on the success of the Hidden Voices pilot, offering new opportunities for women, to challenge the inequalities they face and provide a platform for their voices through a series of arts workshops.

Tarner Community Project


Tarner Community Project is dedicated to developing the physical and mental capacities of disadvantaged children and young people, in a deprived area of Brighton. This grant will support a female-only group with an exciting range of activities, plus holiday activities and outings.





Community foundations across the UK were oversubscribed in all areas for the Tampon Tax Community Fund. Only a quarter of the 1,500 applications for vital women and girls projects could be supported from this stream of funding.

Notes to editors

  1. In 2017/18, Sussex Community Foundation distributed grants worth over £2 million to hundreds of small local charities and community groups across East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove.
  2. UK Community Foundations is the membership organisation for the national network of 46 accredited community foundations. Main priorities are to deliver national programmes of grant-making for communities and promoting philanthropy.
  3. In 2017/18, the UK network of community foundations distributed more than £98 million worth of grants.

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