Women and Girls Projects in Yorkshire Recieve Major Funding Boost

Grassroots groups working in Yorkshire will get much-needed grants worth £148,736 to help support local women and girls facing a range of challenges.

Seventeen projects will receive grants of between £5,000 – £10,000. This is the second time South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF) 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.

Ruth Willis, Chief Executive of SYCF 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.”

Some of the projects being funded:
• Women in Construction Arts and Technology in Sheffield have been allocated £10,000 to run personal development courses in DIY and Home Improvement skills for vulnerable and at risk women and girls.
• The Bangladeshi Youth Organisation (BYO) have had £9,500 allocated for their empowerment project to help women and girls in Bradford to become healthier, learn new skills and to realise their aspirations.
• Gasped in Wakefield will receive £9,064 to run wrap around support services to some of the vulnerable women in the region.
• Barnsley Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Services will receive £10,000 to expand their services to women and to reduce their waiting times so they can be more responsive and effective in their support of each women they help.

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.