First Tampon Tax grants awarded to local charities and community groups

We are very pleased to announce the names of the successful local charities and community groups who will receive grant funding from the Tampon Tax fund. The Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls, and local grants have been awarded in partnership with Worcestershire and Herefordshire Community Foundations.

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

Grants ranging between £5,000 and £10,000 were awarded to The Churn in Cirencester, CCP, Homestart Cotswolds and the Nelson Trust.

The fund was heavily oversubscribed and GCF hopes to be able to open a Women’s Fund to further support women in need in due course. There will also be opportunities for local match funding that could bring more money into Gloucestershire for similar schemes.

“These awards will make a substantial difference to the lives of women and girls across the county. The effects will be far-reaching and positively impact families and the wider community,” said Catherine Kevis, Foundation Director. “We are delighted to have worked in partnership with Worcestershire and Herefordshire Community Foundations to deliver meaningful, grass-roots change within our local community. By pooling our resources we could ensure that money could go directly to charities.”

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