Government hands out £15m from Tampon Tax Fund 

26 Mar 2018 News

Tracey Crouch, minister for sport and civil society

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has today announced ten projects which will between them receive £15m from the Tampon Tax Fund. 

The Tampon Tax Fund exists because under European Union rules the government must charge VAT on women’s sanitary products. Money raised through the tax goes into a fund to support women’s organisations. 

UK Community Foundations has received the largest amount, £3.4m, in this funding round to enable it to make grants to smaller charities as part of its Tribewoman project. 

Tracey Crouch, minister for sport and civil society, said: “The money generated from sanitary products is being invested in good causes that tackle the serious issues that women of all ages face. It will be used to support vulnerable women and girls and help build a Britain fit for the future.” 

Since the autumn statement of 2015 the government has awarded £47m from the fund. 

At the end of last year the government was forced to clarify that charities could use grants from the fund to carry out awareness raising activity after criticism from the sector.  

Full list of recipients

UK Community Foundations £3.4m  - The Tribewoman project will support vulnerable and excluded women by making onward grants to smaller charities across the UK

Arhag Housing Association £1m  - The BME Women Hub project will alleviate poverty and social exclusion among women in England

Brook Young People £1.5m - The ‘Let’s Talk. Period.’ project will aim to address period poverty in England. 

Rape Crisis England & Wales £1.4m - This digital transformation project is a new approach to tackling sexual violence delivered through member Rape Crisis Centres In England

Women’s Aid Federation of England £1,5m - The ‘Ask Me’ project will improve the community response to domestic abuse across the UK and includes onward grants opportunities

Hestia Housing and Support £1m  - The ‘Tools for the Job’ pilot project aims to transform the way that employers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland deal with domestic abuse, by improving their HR policies and delivering awareness raising for staff.

The RCJ & Islington Citizens Advice Bureaux £1.1m  - The FLOWS project will provide online-tools to improve the capacity of front-line domestic-violence agencies in England to provide legal support to women and children 

Mind £1.8m  - This project will increase the provision of mental health peer support for women experiencing, and at risk of, mental health problems and includes onward grant programme in England and Wales

St. Giles Trust £1.1m  - The ‘Footsteps’ project aims to improve service provision to women in the Criminal Justice System in England with mental health and complex support needs

One Parent Families Scotland   £1m - This Scotland only project will offer a free support and counselling service for the most disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised women most in need.  

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