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Women Thrive Fund

Wed 17 Feb 2021

Application Deadline: 25 March 2021

Grants are available to grassroots and specialist women’s and girls’ organisations across the UK that are working to enable women and girls to improve their mental health and wellbeing and/or improve their financial resilience.

Maximum Value:

£ 40,000

A total of £1.79 million will be distributed across the UK as follows:

England - £1,496,964

Northern Ireland - £117,864

Wales - £116,548

Scotland - £61,032

Grants of up to:

£15,000 for organisations with a turnover up to and including £200,000.

£40,000 for organisations with a turnover of £200,001 – £999,999.

Grants will be paid in August 2021 and must be fully spent by 31 December 2022.

Applicants can also ask for an additional 25% of their grant request for costs which will make their organisation stronger for the future.

All funding must be spent and activity completed by 31 December 2022.

The Women Thrive Fund is provided by Rosa and Smallwood Trust working in partnership. The funding comes from the Government's Tampon Tax Fund.

This fund has been created by Rosa and Smallwood Trust in response to the ‘devastating’ impact that the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has had on women and girls across the UK.

The funding is intended to enable women’s and girls’ organisations to respond to the crisis and support women and girls to overcome the barriers they face due to the pandemic.

Not-for-profit organisations can apply if they meet all of the following requirements:

  • Their organisation is not-for-profit and run predominantly by, for and with women. They do not have to be a registered charity, but their activities must be charitable, legal and for the benefit of women.
  • They have a written governing document , eg, a constitution or set of rules.
  • They have a governing body with at least three unrelated members. The majority of these should be women.
  • They have a UK-based bank or building society account in the name of their organisation.
  • Their bank or building society account has at least two unrelated signatories.
  • They have been active for at least one year and can produce annual accounts for a whole year.
  • They have an appropriate safeguarding policy in place.

There is particular interest in proposals from women’s and girl’s organisations that:

  • Address the critical needs of women and girls who miss out the most, including: Black and minoritised women and girls, disabled women and girls, LGBT+ women and girls, financially vulnerable women and girls and women on low incomes, older women, women and girls using drugs or alcohol and other underserved and disadvantaged groups of women and girls.
  • Operate in less economically resilient communities within the UK, eg, areas with high levels of unemployment.

The funding is for work that supports the UK’s most vulnerable, disadvantaged and/or under-represented women and girls to:

  • Improve their mental health and wellbeing, gaining confidence, tools, skills and support to sustain those improvements; and/or
  • Improve their financial resilience, increasing their routes out of poverty, gaining confidence, tools, skills and support to secure a stable financial future.
  • The funding will also build stronger women’s organisations that are more sustainable and better able to meet the needs of women and girls.

Applicants must also address one of the following priority areas:

  • Drug and alcohol services.
  • Education and employment activity.
  • Engaging excluded and vulnerable women and girls through sport.
  • Work to address period poverty.
  • Work to address women’s and girls’ loneliness.
  • Work to increase gender equality.
  • LGBTQI-specific services.
  • Services for Black and minoritised women and girls.
  • Work with female offenders.
  • Work with financially vulnerable women and girls and women on low incomes.
  • Work with older women.
  • Work with women and girls with disabilities and/or women and girls with learning disabilities.
  • Work with women and girls with multiple and/or complex needs.

Priority will be given to:

  • Organisations with a track record of similar work.
  • Applications which focus on sustainable improvement in the lives of women and girls, eg, providing work clothes and interview support for women looking for work or starting self-employment.
  • Work to empower women and girls and which takes an asset-based approach, meaning work which recognises and nurtures the strengths and skills that women and girls already have.
  • Work to address intersectionality, meaning work which recognises that different inequalities exist together.
  • Focus on excluded and /or under-represented women, eg, providing support for disabled women to help them cope with common mental health problems.

The funding will pay for the costs of the project activity (project costs) and the costs of running the organisation (core costs). This includes:

  • Direct staff costs.
  • Associated staff costs.
  • Volunteer costs.
  • Other direct costs directly associated to the work being delivered, such as materials, venues, equipment, sessional staff, publicity, etc.
  • General running costs, such as rent, utility costs, insurances and any other costs related to the day to day running of the organisation.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Organisations which are not led by, for and with women and/or girls.
  • Organisations that are mainly fundraising bodies.
  • Party political organisations.
  • Schools, colleges and hospitals.
  • Individuals.
  • Profit-making work.
  • Activities promoting religious beliefs.
  • Party political activity.
  • Campaigning, awareness raising, advocacy and lobbying.
  • Work outside the UK.
  • Overseas travel.
  • Academic research.
  • Building purchase and improvements.
  • Fundraising appeals.
  • Arts projects - unless they demonstrate significant benefit in terms of social inclusion.
  • Debts or loans.
  • Fees for professional fundraisers, unless the applicant is paying them out of the costs requested for strengthening their organisation, in order to help improve their organisation’s ability to fundraise.
  • Services run by statutory or public authorities
  • Work that is a statutory duty.
  • Vehicles.
  • Retrospective costs.

Payment Procedure

Grant recipients will receive the first half of their grant by August 2021 and the remaining 50% by March 2022.

Application Procedure

Applicants that would like to ask questions are encouraged to registerfor one of the following webinars:

17 February (1pm)

25 February (10am)

8 March (6pm)

18 March (1pm)

The guidance document, FAQs and online application form can be found on Rosa’s website. Registration for the webinars is also via Rosa's website.

Contact Rosa or the Smallwood Trust for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Contact details:



United House

4th Floor

North Road


N7 9DP

Email: grants@rosauk.org

Contact details:


Smallwood Trust

Lancaster House

25 Hornyold Road



WR14 1QQ

Telephone: 0300 365 1886

Email: grants@smallwoodtrust.org.uk