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Voices from the Front Line

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We are pleased to announce the second round of Rosa’s Voices from the Front Line programme which supports women’s organisations to shine a light on their fight for gender equality in the UK, by resourcing advocacy and activists with lived experience of disadvantage.

The programme offers grants between £500-£2,000 to support charitable advocacy work across Rosa’s four pillars: leadership and representation, safety, health and economic justice. Rosa has already compiled compelling evidence of the need for change to move closer to social justice and equality for women in the UK and we are looking for new voices with direct experience to stand up and take action.

Together we can make change happen faster.

Through the first round of the Voices from the Front Line programme, Rosa has helped 24 grassroots women’s organisations across the UK bring gender equality for all women a small step closer. Take a look at some of the organisations supported through this programme in the video below.

  1. The programme aims to:
  • Support advocacy and influencing work across any one of Rosa’s four pillars
  • Amplify the voices of individual women at the front line of grassroots work in the UK
  • Support work which can, long-term, tackle the underlying causes of a problem and create change
  • Nurture talent. Advocacy driven by inspiring, committed leaders can achieve remarkable results
  1. What do we mean by advocacy?

We envisage supporting a range of organisations, from those who are just beginning to make their voices heard, to those looking to begin to catalyse change at a higher level. We hope to support projects which:

  • Stimulate debate and amplify women’s voices
  • Raise awareness of one or more of Rosa’s four pillars
  • Influence the public, policy makers, media and/or government
  • Change behaviours, attitudes or policies
  1. What sort of work will be supported?

The money can be used to pay for increasing the skills, capacity, credibility and effectiveness of women who wish to challenge gender inequality and promote awareness and change. Creative approaches are encouraged, examples of the work we will support include:

  • Coaching or travel costs for a service user to speak at an event or national conference
  • Presentation, media or lobbying training to support organisational advocacy strategies.
  • Costs of creating campaign materials, such as posters, infographics or videos
  • Articulating the story of one woman to champion an organisation’s work
  • Making a case to local commissioners for the value of your service
  • Meeting costs with local/national government representatives or for planning a campaign
  1. How much can I apply for?

Grants of between £500-£2,000 are available and we expect to support up to 25 projects in 2017/18.

  1. Who can apply?

If you meet of the following requirements, you can apply for a grant:

  • You are a women’s sector voluntary or community organisation. You do not have to be a registered charity, but your activities must be charitable, legal and for the benefit of women. We will review your organisation’s constitution, website and management committee in light of this.
  • You have a written governing document, e.g. a constitution or set of rules
  • You have a governing body with at least 3 unrelated members
  • You have a UK-based bank or building society account in the name of your organisation
  • Your bank or building society account has at least 2 unrelated signatories
  • You have been active for at least one year and can produce annual accounts for a whole year.

In exceptional cases grants will be considered to individuals where the individual has first-hand experience of the issue associated with their campaign and where it is clear that their participation will make a significant contribution. Such grants will be made through organisations, with resources supporting the activities of individual advocates. Individuals wishing to apply must identify a lead organisation to receive the funds on their behalf. The organisation must then meet each of the above criteria.

  1. What cannot be funded?

We are unable to fund the following types of activities:

  • Responsibilities of statutory agencies –    profit-making work
  • Party political activity –    work that has already taken place
  • Activities promoting religious beliefs –    work outside the UK
  • Overseas travel –    equipment costs of over £500
  • Interest payments on loans –   building purchase and improvements
  • Fundraising


*Further information and resources can be found in Rosa’s ‘Four Pillars’ available on our website here. We are therefore unfortunately not able to fund research.

How to apply

Voices from the Front Line re-opens for applications at midday on Monday 24th April. The deadline for applications is Thursday 15th June at 5pm and no applications will be accepted after this date.

To apply please complete our brief online application form and attach a two minute video outlining your ambitions for use of the funding. Please read the application guidance before you apply. If you have an enquiry that is not covered in our guidance materials you can send your enquiry to Please insert ‘Voices from the Front Line programme enquiry’ as your email subject and provide your organisation and contact name.

Once you have read this guidance click here and select ‘new applicant?’ to start your application. If you have applied previously to Rosa’s Woman to Woman fund, please use your existing login details to login and start a new application.

If you start your online application, but are unable to complete all the required information, don’t worry, you can simply save your form and come back to it at a later date. To access your form again, use this link then log in using your email address and the password you created.

If you forget your password you can create a new one by clicking on ‘Forgot Password?’ and following the instructions.

Application Timetable

You should plan your application so that you will hear a decision in plenty of time before your work is due to start. We cannot fund work that takes place or costs that are incurred before a decision is received.

Voice from the Front Line Fund re-opens Midday on Monday 24 April 2017
Application closing date 5pm Thursday 15 June 2017
Successful applicants notified by Mid-August 2017


Please note you will have up to 12 months to spend any grant awarded.

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