Seven local projects working with some of society’s most vulnerable women and girls have received a much-needed funding boost through Quartet 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, focusing on preventative services for those at risk of crisis.
Projects receiving funding will help women involved in or at risk of street sex work, address period poverty, boost the wellbeing of new mothers and much more.
Quartet Community Foundation helped distribute this funding, which was raised through the levy on sanitary products in 2017/18, to small, local projects.
Sue Turner, Chief Executive of Quartet Community Foundation said:
“We work with grassroots groups who are running vital services on a shoestring and support some of the most marginalised people in the West of England. This funding will enable them to run some amazing projects that make a difference on the ground to the women and girls who need it most.
“We’re really happy to be able to offer £52,000 to these seven great projects. We received applications from 40 projects but only had funding for seven. It is very disappointing to us not to be able to fund more of these as their applications highlighted a growing mental health crisis for girls and women that needs specialist funding and this remains an unmet need.”
Examples of some of the projects being funded are:
Bristol: One25 £10,000 towards a drop-in centre in Bristol for women involved in street sex work.
North Somerset: Home-Start North Somerset £5,266 towards a peer support mental wellbeing group for mothers of young babies.
Bath and North East Somerset: Southside Family Project £6,000 to recruit, train and support fifteen more women with lived experience of domestic abuse as Family Champions in 2019.
Community Foundations were oversubscribed in all areas for the Tampon Tax Community Fund. In total across the UK, community foundations could only support 25% of the 1,500 applications made to the fund.
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.
Full list of projects funded:
· Home-Start North Somerset £5,266 towards a peer support mental wellbeing group for mothers of young babies.
· Mentoring Plus £8,818 towards workshop and discussion sessions for girls in need of positive role models and mentoring in Bath and North East Somerset.
· No More Taboo £9,946 towards a period-friendly standard for Bristol and West of England organisations as a means of educating about period poverty and propagating good practice.
· One 25 £10,000 towards a drop-in centre in Bristol for women involved in street sex work.
· Red Tent Project £5,146 peer-led support group to empower women with multiple disadvantages and health challenges through gardening and creative activities.
· Southside Family Project £6,000 to recruit, train and support fifteen more women with lived experience of domestic abuse as Family Champions in 2019.
· StreetSpace Knowle £8,409 for a weekly girls’ group in Knowle, focusing on mental/physical health and wellbeing.