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Rosa’s Woman to Woman fund invests over half a million pounds in grassroots women’s groups

Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls has announced that they have invested £598,021 in 38 projects across the UK through the first round of the Woman to Woman fund.

This fund, supported by the so-called ‘Tampon Tax’, will support groups that work with women and girls from disadvantaged communities or in disadvantaged areas in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Grants include £20,000 to Liverpool Girl Geeks for a tech academy, £6,850 to Voices Women’s Group to reduce isolation and build confidence of older women in the Turf Lodge area of Belfast, and £7,860 to Women of Wolverhampton to train up excluded women in disadvantaged areas to understand and engage in civic decision-making.

Samantha Rennie, Executive Director of Rosa said: “Rosa knows small grants make a vital difference to small groups. The grants we’re announcing today show a fantastic range of work happening in our local communities – work that’s often overlooked by mainstream funders. While we had many more applications than we had funds to offer, we’re delighted to be able to help these groups unleash the potential of women and girls to improve the lives of others. Through these grants – and a package of mentoring, training and networking support that is the hallmark of Rosa’s approach, we’ll help them to become the best they can be – and we look forward to showcasing their work over the coming months.”

This funding is part of a wider commitment made by HM Treasury and DCMS to distribute Tampon Tax funds to women’s charities.

Sheila Jane Malley, Trustee at Rosa and Chair of the Woman to Woman Grants Panel said: “We’re thrilled to be able to make these grants to so many impressive local women’s groups.  We understand how important their work is and we are committed to giving them our support and help.”

Find the full list of grantees here. The next round of Woman to Woman funding will open for applications in the summer.