Grassroots groups working in Suffolk will get much-needed grants worth almost £36,500 to help support local women and girls facing a range of challenges.

Five projects will receive grants of up to £10,000. This is the second time Suffolk Community Foundation 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.

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.

Andrea Pittock

Head of Grant Programmes, Suffolk Community Foundation

Some of the projects being funded in Suffolk:

  • Compassion has received £6,221 to run therapeutic courses to support female survivors of domestic violence and their children in Sudbury.
  • Future Female Society has received £9,930 towards a radio project working with female refugees and asylum seekers and migrant women in Westgate Ward, Ipswich.
  • Suffolk Refugee Support (pictured) has received £9,620 towards its international women’s group, supporting women from over 20 countries with issues such as loneliness and self-esteem while developing key skills including leadership, communication and decision making.
  • Women Like Me has received £9,050 towards its “Garden Angels” and “A Place to Be” projects which provide volunteering opportunities for women to work on allotments, overgrown gardens or community spaces in the Waveney area, reducing isolation and improving confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing.

The Government’s Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. UKCF applied to DCMS for a large grant to set up the Tampon Tax Community Fund, working with its network of Community Foundations to support projects and services run by local groups specifically benefitting women and girls. To date, a total of £6.9 million has been awarded.

Learn more about how you can support projects in Suffolk here.


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