Women’s Sector Resilience Fund

This new Fund has been launched by Smallwood Trust for voluntary and community sector organisations supporting women whose poverty has been exacerbated, or those who have been pushed into new poverty and financial hardship, by the coronavirus crisis.

Grants between £20,000 and £30,000 are available to organisations with an annual income of less than £1 million, to cover costs such as staff salaries and running costs for work :

  • Supporting women who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
  • Providing services and support for vulnerable women, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
  • Connecting communities and support communities to work together to respond to the pandemic.

Priority will be given to organisations in areas that have been most affected by the coronavirus and those that are working with the client groups of:

  • BAME women.
  • Women with disabilities.
  • LGBT+ women who are financially vulnerable.
  • Women who have experienced domestic violence, economic abuse or sexual abuse.
  • Economically inactive young women.
  • Carers and those who have been working in the caring professions.
  • Single parent families.
  • Women who experience depression, anxiety and other mental health needs.
  • Women leaving the criminal justice system.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and it has now been announced that they will be holding a series of panels where grants will be awarded. The deadline for applications to go to the first panel is 5pm on the 16th October, but further deadlines will be published shortly.

Find out more here.

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