Tampon Tax grants announced

Grassroots groups working in Sussex will get much-needed grants worth £82,994 to help support local women and girls facing a range of challenges.

Ten projects will receive grants of between £5,000 and £10,000. This is the second time Sussex Community Foundation has awarded groups money from the Tampon Tax Community Fund to help women and girls experiencing issues such as period poverty, domestic and sexual abuse and mental health.

Collectively as a network, UK Community Foundations is one of the UK’s largest grant-makers and was asked by government to distribute the largest share of the funding raised through the levy on sanitary products through its network of community foundations. A total of £6.9 million has been awarded nationally to grassroots groups in the two rounds of funding.

Kevin Richmond, Chief Executive, said:

“This funding supports the groups on the ground that are making a huge difference to the lives of women and girls. We know there is huge demand out there for these services and are proud to help small organisations working in our community to access vital public funding, which otherwise they may miss out on.”

Projects funded are:

Name

Amount

Project

Plot 22

6,490

PLOT 22 is a community allotment. This grant is to support the Thyme & Space project which provides year-round therapeutic gardening sessions for vulnerable women.

Wayfinder Woman Trust

9,994

Wayfinder Woman Trust helps disadvantaged women and young girls lead successful and economically independent lives by increasing their confidence and skills. This grant will support the delivery of a flexible programme of professionally facilitated, free, confidence-boosting workshops.

Yada

9,679

Yada’s​ ​vision​ ​is​ ​to​ ​see​ ​a​ ​world​ ​with​ ​no​ ​place​ ​for​ ​sexual​ ​exploitation,​ ​where​ ​women​ ​live safe and empowered​ ​lives​ ​in​ ​connection​ ​and​ ​community.​ This grant will enable them to deliver and expand their outreach support service called The Esther Project.

Pregnancy Options Centre

4,014

Pregnancy Options Centre provide free, non-directive help and support for women and their partners/families, facing sn unplanned pregnancy or who are struggling after a pregnancy loss. This grant will enable them to continue to provide counselling support.

Brighton City Table Tennis Club

10,000

Brighton Table Tennis Club want to inspire everyone to be a champion, and to instil a lifelong love for table tennis and a positive sense of community within all of their players.  This grant will help them deliver free, women-only table tennis sessions at the Club.

Clued-up Information Shop

5,385

Clued-up Information Shop offers a free and confidential service to young people aged 11-25, offering them information, advice, counselling, emotional support and sexual health services. This grant will support the Thursday Girls provision at a high profile, visible high street location.

Recovery Partners

9,978

Recovery Partners is a small user-led charity that provides peer support, mental health recovery, suicide prevention and lived experience consultation and training. This grant will support the design and development of a birth parent peer mentoring and peer support, for those women engaged with child protection services.

Art in Mind

8,200

Art in Mind is a charity that trains young people with experience of mental health issues to become peer mentors and deliver mental health themed art workshops. This grant will enable them to set up a women-only art group to focus on issues that affect them and their mental health.

Holy Trinity Hastings

8,588

The Holy Trinity Hastings deliver services and outreach projects that support the young, the non-religious and most marginalised in the local community. This grant will support their Safehaven Women group which works with a core of 45 vulnerable women.

Parkfield Equine Solutions

9,966

Parkfield Equine Solutions provide an equine-assisted behaviour change programme and ongoing support for people facing challenges such as anxiety, eating disorder and school exclusion. This grant will support a five-day intensive programme of evidence-based, challenging, fun learning through horsemanship, support girls and women to find solutions enabling them to manage themselves.

Community foundations are local champions, connecting people and organisations that want to improve their communities. They invest in local people and organisations tackling some of the biggest issues facing communities today and supporting some of society’s most disadvantaged people. They provide help and advice to those who want to give at the heart of their communities, both now and in the long-term, by matching donors to important local causes.

The Government’s Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. UKCF applied to DCMS for a large grant to set up the Tampon Tax Community Fund, working with its network of community foundations to support projects and services run by local groups specifically benefitting women and girls. To date, a total of £6.9 million has been awarded.

In 2018/19 the community foundation network distributed more than £98 million worth of grants and supported more than 5,641 people and 15,526 organisations.

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