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Smallwood Trust - Women’s Sector Resilience Fund

Wed 14 Oct 2020

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis


Grants are available for voluntary and community sector organisations in England that are supporting women whose poverty has been exacerbated by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic or those that have been pushed into new poverty and financial hardship.

Maximum Value: £ 30,000 

Organisations are asked to apply for a grant amount that is proportionate to the size of their organisation.

A total of £2.1 million is available during the first round and the Trust expects to award around 75 grants.

Extended Description

The funding for the Women’s Sector Resilience Fund is provided by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as part of the Community Match Challenge. The Fund is administered by the Smallwood Trust.

The aim of the Fund is to support women’s organisations in England that have been affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis and help them to:

Ensure that essential services are safeguarded and can continue to be responsive to meet increased demand from women who are being disproportionately affected by the crisis.

Enable women to access vital frontline services, targeting those who are most at risk of poverty and financial hardship due to the pandemic.

Applications are now open and are assessed on a rolling basis. Organisations are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Key Criteria

Applications are accepted from charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisation. Unincorporated organisations can apply but must have a governing document or constitution.

To be eligible organisations must:

  • Have an annual income of less than £1 million.
  • Have a track record of supporting women, including frontline organisations and services. National or regional women’s organisations that provide capacity building, networking and support to frontline organisations are also eligible to apply.
  • Have a clear mission/track record that is aligned to the Fund outcomes.
  • Be well managed with clear governance structures.
  • Have robust financial procedures in place
  • Be led by experienced trustees and staff.
  • Have a written governing document or constitution eg, articles of association, set of rules.
  • Have a governing body with at least three unrelated members.
  • Have a UK-based bank or building society account in the name of the organisation that has at least two unrelated signatories.
  • Have an appropriate safeguarding policy and other organisational policies in place.

Organisations supporting and led by BAME women, women with disabilities and financially vulnerable LGBT+ women are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply, see the Smallwood Trust website.