The Tampon Tax Community Fund

The Tampon Tax Community Fund aims to support women who are most marginalised to overcome barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their potential. The programme will benefit women and girls, investing in a wide variety of projects, that make a tangible and long-term difference to health, well-being, confidence and social/economic activity, as well as addressing equality gaps.

This programme aims to fund small-scale interventions, which will make a considerable difference to the lives and happiness of women and girls by raising the aspirations of girls and women and combating the influences that affect their confidence.

Area: Northern Ireland

Grant Size: £5,000-£10,000

Priorities: Women and girl organisations

Who can apply?

This fund is open for applications from:

  • Registered UK charities

  • Constituted Community groups

  • Companies Limited by Guarantee with charitable aims

  • Community Interest Companies

  • Co-operatives - registered Community Benefit Societies and registered Industrial and Provident Societies

  • Credit Unions

  • Social Enterprises


  • Between £5,000 and £10,000

  • For a duration of up to 12 months

  • For UK based organisations with a local or community reach

  • Meet one or more of the Tampon Tax Community Fund objectives (below).

Guidance Notes and Criteria

Women and girls can be disproportionately disadvantaged by multiple issues which are often complex in nature. Combined with these barriers and differing needs within population and geography, specialist and local support is often necessary. Within this context applicants will need to demonstrate how they meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Building skills and confidence, for example, supporting women and girls to learn new skills, giving them the ability to apply for new jobs and/or return to the workplace.

  • Improving health and well-being, for example, teaching women how to look after and improve their own mental or physical health and live in good health for longer.

  • Building social networks, for example, connecting women to others they can share similar experiences with, supporting them to feel less lonely, more valued, more able to pass on that support.

What can be supported?

  • Volunteer expenses: Budget for training, travel, telephone calls, travel and meals.

  • Activity costs: Budget for resources to facilitate a project/activity; costs that fall outside capital, volunteer or staffing costs, e.g. event catering, volunteer costs

  • Project staff / sessional staff costs: Budget for external consultants and staff that are employed for the specific project/activity that is being funded, including the cost of permanent staff to deliver specific projects.

Click here to view the full Guidance Notes for applicants.

Closing Date

The fund opens for applications on Monday 24th September 2018 and closes on Wednesday 31st October 2018 at 1:00 pm.

Application Notes 

  • You will need to input a regularly used email address as all details about completing the application form will be sent by email.

  • All grant applicants will need to provide documentation to support their bid.

  • All grant applicants will be required to provide an interim monitoring report on project progress and to complete a monitoring form at the end of their project.

It is recommended that you read our Grant FAQs before starting your grant application.  Should you have any further questions please email the grants team on or call on 028 9024 5927 if you wish to discuss your plans before submission of your bid.