Women and girls projects share in £3.4 million of National funding!

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

Small charities and community groups have received grants of between £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.

Local Projects have received funding to help women and girls in a range of ways. Including mental health coping strategies for young women, female health education and counselling services.

As one of the UK’s largest grant-giving organisations, UK Community Foundations was asked by government to distribute the largest share of the funding raised through the levy on sanitary products in 2017/18 to small, local projects, working with its network of Community Foundations across the country.

UKCF Director of Programmes and Development Vicki Papworth said: “Community Foundations work with grassroots groups who are running vital services on a shoestring and supporting some of the most marginalised people in our society. This funding will enable them to run some amazing projects that make difference on the ground to the women and girls who need it most.”

Examples of some of the projects being funded are:

– Roshni Sheffield Asian Women’s Resource Centre has received funding to run counselling sessions for Asian women over 40 weeks.

– Brampton Junior Youth Club in Rotherham have been funded to run a 12-month project to run self-esteem and confidence building sessions for vulnerable young women.

– The Youth Association in Doncaster will be running a developmental project for highly vulnerable girls in the Roma community.

– Ad Astra Barnsley are funded to run sessions on personal hygiene, menstruation and puberty with local girls in Shafton and Carlton in Barnsley.

– The Golddigger Trust in Sheffield has been awarded funding to run courses and one to one sessions to support the physical, emotional and mental health of young women.

Community Foundations 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.

Community Foundations are independent charities that make grants to support grassroots groups. They work with local businesses, funders and government to create tailored programmes of grant-making that respond to the needs and assets of communities. They also distribute funding secured through national programmes, including the Tampon Tax Community Fund.