Organisations supporting women and girls are invited to apply for a share of £15 million from the Tampon Tax Fund – DCMS – Deadline extended

Date and time: 

Sunday, June 7, 2020 - 17:30
  • Thousands of women and girls set to benefit from fund before tampon tax ends
  • Organisations supporting women and girls can apply for a share of £15 million
  • To date more than £62 million of VAT on sanitary products has gone to good causes

Charities across the nation can apply for grants to fund projects which directly benefit disadvantaged women and girls, tackle violence and support their mental health and wellbeing.

As in previous years, larger charities and foundations will be able to apply for grants of £1 million or more. We expect these to then be distributed through their networks to support women and girls and to organisations that offer small and medium- sized onward grants.

In addition this year, applicants are able to use part of their grant funding to improve organisational sustainability.

The Tampon Tax Fund comes entirely from VAT receipts on women’s sanitary products.

While the UK was a member of the European Union, VAT on these products could not fall below 5 per cent. However the Chancellor has now confirmed that this tax will end in January 2021, following Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

Organisations must be able to deliver impact in their chosen category across multiple regions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Applications are welcomed from individual organisations, or groups with an identified lead organisation.

Grants may be for one or two-year projects, and all activities must be concluded and funds spent by 30 June 2022.

The WRC states "

Whilst we do not deny the value of the work that larger organisations do, this fund had initially been promised to women’s health and support charities, who we know are best placed to meet the needs of women and their children.

In light of this deadline extension, we urge our sector to reconsider applying to the Tampon Tax Fund 2020-21 if you haven’t already."

Charities can find out more information here.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2020 now 7 June 2020(*).


  • The funding round being announced on 16 March 2020 is to allocate funds from the financial year 2019/20.

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