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The purpose of the Tampon Tax Fund is to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. Funding is available throughout the UK.

Status:   Closed
Opening Date:   2 Sep 2019
Closing Date:   11 Oct 2019
Minimum Grant:   £ 5000
Maximum Grant:   £ 10000

Location: Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Southampton
Causes: Multiple Issues & Causes


General Eligibility

The Tampon Tax ​Community Fund ​aims​ ​to​ ​support​ ​women​ ​who​ ​are​ ​most​ ​marginalised​ ​to​ ​overcome​ ​barriers that​ ​prevent​ ​them​ ​from​ ​fulfilling​ ​their​ ​potential. ​ The​ ​programme will benefit women and girls, investing in a wide variety of projects, that make a tangible and long-term difference to health, well-being, confidence and social/economic activity, as well as addressing equality gaps.

​This​ programme aims to fund ​small​-scale interventions, ​​which​ ​will​ ​make​ ​a​ ​considerable difference to the lives and happiness of women and girls by raising the aspirations of girls and women and combating the influences that affect their confidence.

Target Beneficiaries

Priority will be given to:

  • Priority will be given to women and girls projects; we define these as:
  • A project that has been established by women or girls and/or is led and staffed by women and girls
  • A project that has been established with the key aim of working with women and girls only
  • For a duration of up to 12 months
  • For UK based organisations with a local or community reach
  • That meet one or more of the Tampon Tax Community Fund objectives (below).
  • 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

Acceptable Projects

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 Enterprises

If you are applying in partnership or as part of a consortium the organisation that submits the bid must be an eligible entity from the list above, this organisation will manage the funds if successful.

Funding to Community Interest Companies and other non-charities may include conditions to restrict funding to charitable objectives only.

Successful and unsuccessful organisations from 2018 are welcome to apply again. Applications for continuation funding will be considered, those applicants should be able to demonstrate the impact the previous grant and highlight challenges and learning.

What we will fund:

  • Volunteer expenses: Budget for training, travel, telephone calls, travel and meals.
  • Activity costs: Budget for resources to facilitate a project/activity; costs that fall outside capital, volunteer or staffing costs, e.g. event catering, volunteer costs, room hire, small-scale publicity costs such as leaflet printing and small-scale consumables such as stationary
  • Project staff / sessional staff costs: Budget for external consultants and staff that are employed for the specific project/activity that is being funded, including the cost of permanent staff to deliver specific projects.

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

For example, projects might provide 1:1 support, training, mentoring, reduce isolation or build confidence and self-esteem.

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

For example, projects could provide services related to mindfulness such as yoga, art and exercise.

  • Building social networks – 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. For example, projects could offer social and skills groups with specialist support.


Example Projects

Building Skills And Confidence

An organisation led by BME women, which works to address issues such as domestic and sexual violence, Honour Based Violence (HBV), Forced Marriage (FM) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). They recruited a volunteer network of BME women to deliver 1:1 support, training and mentoring. This approach was co-designed by service users and helped to support women building their skills and confidence to move into the labour market.

Improving Health and Wellbeing

An organisation who provides specialist services support to those affect by sexual violence, assault or rape delivered a project with a holistic approach to recovery through yoga, art and wellbeing workshops. These have helped participants to develop coping strategies and develop positive relationships in the group. Also, this approach helped to build participants emotional resilience, self-esteem, self-confidence and reduced self-isolation.

Building Social Networks

An organisation which provides specialist services and support to adults, teenagers and children with Autism delivered a project to help build the social networks of the participants through groups sessions and trips out. Through these approaches it tackled issues that can affect someone’s ability to build social networks and make friends. These groups help to reduce isolation and loneliness, but also encourage women into opportunities that can help build their future social networks.


  • Use for activities of a party political or exclusively religious nature
  • Paid for marketing and advertising
  • Purchases of capital equipment
  • Retrospective costs
  • Interest payments (including service charge payments for finance leases)
  • Statutory fines, criminal fines, or penalties
  • Trips abroad
  • Groups in receipt of Tampon Tax funding from another funder for the same project, unless it can be clearly demonstrated that this programme is funding different activity
  • Statutory organisations, including schools
  • Individuals or Individual Sponsorship

Other Notes

The Tampon Tax Community Fund will be inclusive within the class of women and girls; grants will be made to all women, including trans women and gender non-conforming women.

We are committed to promoting equal opportunities and to valuing diversity regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic origin, nationality, religion/belief, culture, language, disability, learning difficulty, sexual orientation, marital status, economic status, health status, or any other discriminatory grounds.