The Tampon Tax Community Fund - for projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls

The purpose of the Tampon Tax Fund is to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. Funding is available throughout the UK.

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 (up to £10,000), 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.

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

  • If you are applying in partnership or as part of a consortium the organisation that submits the bid must be an eligible entity from the list above, this organisation will manage the funds if successful.

  • Funding to Community Interest Companies and other non-charities may include conditions to restrict funding to charitable objectives only.

Funding Priorities

Priority will be given to:

  • Women and girl projects, they define these as -        

    • A project that has been established by women or girls and / or is led and staffed by women and girls

    • A project that has been established with the key aim of working with women and girls only

Priority for shortlist will be given to -

  • Grassroots organisations offering localised support.

  • Organisations working with beneficiaries with multiple disadvantages.

  • User led organisations that have a clear understanding of the needs they are supporting.

  • Sustainable projects that provide long-term solutions to the people they are helping.

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

  • Activity costs

  • Project staff / sessional staff costs


The fund will not support -

  • Use for activities of a party political or exclusively religious nature

  • Paid for marketing and advertising

  • Purchases of capital equipment

  • Retrospective costs

  • Interest payments (including service charge payments for finance leases)

  • Statutory fines, criminal fines, or penalties

  • Trips abroad

How to apply

For further information and access to the online application, visit the website

The fund closes for applications on 11th October 2019 at 1:00pm.

Should you have any further questions please email the grants team on or call on 028 9024 5927.