Now’s the Time

What we want to achieve

We want to amplify the voices of all the individuals and groups who are calling for an end to sexual harassment and abuse, in their workplaces and in their communities. We want to add our support to those organisations who are seeking to establish what works in changing the culture of impunity and preventing future harassment and abuse. We want to resource the imaginative and creative grass-roots activism that is gathering momentum across the UK. We want to encourage partnerships across sectors, supporting specialist organisations to reach out to colleagues in businesses, unions, local councils, schools and colleges and other contexts, and work with them to drive long-term culture change.

In the Now’s the Time programme we will award up to £1 million through a Challenge Fund which asks: “What would you do toward ending sexual harassment?”


The work we want to fund

We want to hear your ideas, your solutions, your best next steps. We want to support:

  • Prevention work (including education and other initiatives)
  • Awareness-raising activities
  • Grass-roots activism
  • Influencing
  • Work with groups and communities who might face additional barriers to getting their voices heard, or might be at higher risk of sexual harassment and abuse, to amplify those voices
  • Work that tries out new ideas
  • Innovative uses of tech/arts/sports/etc
  • Work that replicates tried and tested approaches in new settings
  • Work that others can learn from

We are particularly keen to see cross-sector partnerships where the expertise of specialist voluntary sector organisations at the forefront of this work is shared with others, to help drive broader change.

We expect to support work happening in different communities across the UK.


The sort of grants we want to make

We are seeking applications for grants of:

  • £5,000 – £25,000, or
  • £25,000 – £100,000

Women’s organisations applying for £5,000 – £25,000 can apply by themselves, or in a partnership.

Women’s organisations applying for £25,000 – £100,000 will need to apply in partnership with at least one other organisation.

We expect the grants we make in this programme will be:

  • for one year for grants of £5,000 – £25,000
  • over one to three years for grants of £25,000 – £100,000
  • for mostly revenue costs[1]
  • for new work or an extension, or continuation, of existing work


Application process

We ask that you read the programme guidance before applying to either of the funds below.


For a grant of £5,000 – £25,000 (small grants) – Opened 3rd August 2018 (now closed)

We will ask you to submit a short form with some information about your group or organisation and a three-minute video explaining who you are, what you want to do and why we should fund you. You can make the video yourselves on a smartphone, we aren’t looking for great production values, we are interested in you and your idea. We strongly advise you to join one of our Webinars on before applying. We will ask you to send in your video and form by 28th September 2018.

We are going to use a process called participative grant-making to decide who is awarded funding in this part of the programme. Once you have sent us your video, you can expect to hear from us, asking you and your group to look at some of the other videos we have received and voting for the ideas you like the best. We expect you to hear if you have been successful (or not) by early December 2018.

(Subject to further funding being available, we hope to announce a second call for this part of the Challenge Fund in 2019.)

Please read the application guidance before applying below.

Please note that the small grants programme is now closed



For a grant of £25,000 – £100,000 (large grants) – Opened 24th September 2018

We will ask you to submit an online application outlining your proposal. You will need to provide detail about: your organisation and partner(s), and your proposal including budget. You will also need to attach supporting documents. The closing date for applications is Monday 17th December 2018 at 5pm. We strongly advise you to participate in one of our webinars on Monday 15th October: 10.30am – 11.30am and Friday 16th November: 2pm – 3pm before you apply.

We will make final decisions on the successful applications by mid-March 2019.

A small amount of capital expenditure for specific equipment may be considered.

Please read the application guidance before applying below.