Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls, has today helped 24 grassroots women’s organisations across the UK bring gender equality for all women a small step closer. Rosa’s innovative new grants programme Voices from the Frontline, aims to give women the tools, skills and confidence to speak up for change. Grants of up to £2,000 each are awarded today for work designed to influence positive change across all four of Rosa’s priority pillars: leadership and representation, safety and violence, health and wellbeing and economic justice.
Through an unusual video application process, successful applicants were chosen by a panel of experts including journalist Polly Toynbee, who said;
“Being part of the Voices grants panel was an eye opener. Women’s organisations are working hard and creatively, to bring about much needed change. We had more applicants than we had funds to support, and the decisions were difficult, but I look forward to seeing some of these women shine as influencers and advocates in the future.”
Successful projects will raise the voice of young women with policymakers, challenge perceptions of women affected by violence, promote media representation of women in sports, inspire girls to get into STEM work, and support of female asylum seekers, among other benefits.
Grace from grant recipient Women in Sport explains the impact that this funding will have on their work:
“Girls need healthy role models to inspire them. This grant allows us to tell stories of women playing and working in sports…and ultimately inspires more girls to reach their full potential.”
Refugee Women’s Strategy Group Scotland spoke about their goals for the funding they will receive:
“We believe the asylum process doesn’t work for women and that’s what we want to change. Your support will enable us to raise refugee women’s voices to key decision makers.”
Executive Director of Rosa, Samantha Rennie said,
“Rosa can only reach a tiny fraction of the estimated 20,000 women’s organisations across the UK, but by pooling funds from different sources through this programme, we can help donors reach more projects, more effectively than they could individually. We plan to share stories of the women helped by these grants as they unfold, to inspire others and show that small grants can make a big difference”
Voices from the Frontline has been made possible through the generous donations of a number of organisations and individuals including Aviva Women’s Network and BAPS Charity, as well as private funders and Rosa’s supporters.
Rosa aims to make another round of the Voices from the Frontline Programme funding available in summer, 2016. Contributions to this round can be made by by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see a full list of grants recipients here.