Local projects supporting women and girls receive share of £3.4 million national funding

Five Berkshire projects working with some of society’s most vulnerable women and girls have received a much-needed funding boost from the Berkshire Community Foundation.

Local charities and community groups have received grants of £5,000 to £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.

Projects receiving funding will help women and girls get into or back work, build skills and confidence and improve health and wellbeing. Examples of some of the projects being funded are:

  • Smart Works in Reading who will use the funding the get vulnerable women back into work.
  • Reading Community Learning Centre will use the grant to provide Targeted outreach activities, learning programmes and advice and guidance to its increasing members.
  • Berkshire Women’s Aid will run various sessions to support women who have been affected by abuse.
  • The Dash Charity will use the grant to fund its Domestic Abuse Helpline, a vital service at risk of closure without this type of funding.
  • Parents and Children Together (PACT) will use funding to meet the increasing demand for its Rapid response and crisis service at Alana House in Reading.

This funding is a result of UK Community Foundations, one of the UK’s largest grant-giving organisations, being 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.”

Community Foundations across the country were oversubscribed 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.

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