Tampon tax fund to help women and girls in Berkshire

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects, which support Berkshire’s women and girls, through the Tampon Tax Community Fund. The tampon tax fund allocates monies generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.

The fund for disadvantaged women has been set up by UK Community Foundation (UKCF) and is being delivered locally by Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF)

BCF will be working with community groups and charities who deliver projects that support women and girls to build skills and confidence, improve their health and wellbeing, and build social networks.

Gerry Lejeune OBE, CEO of BCF, said “We are absolutely delighted to be working on this national funding programme in partnership with other community foundations. It is a real opportunity to help add value and support to tackling disadvantage for women and girls across Berkshire.”

A key focus will be funding preventative work to reduce the risk of crisis at different life stages. This may be by helping women and girls get into or back to work, raising awareness about health issues, or by creating and developing peer networks.

Shona Blakeley, Development Manager at Women’s Fund for Scotland who are working with UK Community Foundations, said: ‘Since receiving the Tampon Tax funding in 2016, we have been able to make a difference to the lives of 18,000 women in Scotland. The new funding will have a much wider reach than those it seeks to support, and will also have a positive effect on families and the wider community.’

The foundation has been allocated £43,000 for the county, applications are open until 9.00am on Friday 19th October. To apply visit BCF’s website: http://www.berkshirecf.org/grants-2/tampon_tax/

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