Women's Fund for Scotland
|Grant size||Up to £5,000|
All of Scotland
|Fund Decisions:||Currently closed for applications|
About this fund
The Women's Fund for Scotland (WFS) aims to promote systemic change in Scotland to empower women and to help overcome the multiple disadvantages and discriminatory practices that females experience throughout their lives. Their vision is of a Scotland in which women participate equally at all levels of society, free from any barriers to full and equal engagement in political, institutional, economic, and cultural life, including freedom from the fear of sex-based violence.
Purpose of this fund
The Women’s Fund for Scotland (WFS) makes grants to projects across Scotland that support women’s development, self-sufficiency and social and economic equality. Established in 2002, the Fund has distributed almost £2m in grants to over 500 community groups and local charities run by or for women.
The Women’s Fund for Scotland makes grants across six key themes:
- Building skills and confidence
- Improving health and well-being
- Growing social connections
- Moving on from abuse
- Developing leadership and innovation
- Combatting poverty and building financial resilience
All applications will be considered according to WFS funding priorities. Applications which most clearly fit one or more of these will be prioritised. They are:
- Women’s organisations, especially those run by and for women.
- Community-based organisations running projects with women and girls.
- Projects supporting disadvantaged women and girls
- Empowering women and making a tangible difference to their lives
- Supporting women to escape and recover from domestic, sexual, and sex-based violence
- Using our limited resources for maximum long-term impact and improving organisational sustainability
- To support the Scottish Government’s wider strategic objectives
- To ensure so far as possible Scotland-wide distribution of funds
Who can apply?
All applicants must fit Foundation Scotland's funding criteria. Before progressing your application please visit our Common eligibility criteria
Properly constituted organisations may apply, including charities, social enterpises and unincorporated organisations.
Please note, WFS does not fund:
- Uniformed, political, or religious organisations except where they are running a project which would otherwise be eligible, and which does not promote any religion or a political purpose (for example, a project promoting women's participation in the political process may be eligible where it is for women of all political persuasions)
- Organisations with an annual tunover of greater than £1m are not eligible for funding. Priority will be given to those organisations with an annual turnover not greater than £500,000
In addition, for the Women's Fund for Scotland applications will be prioritised for women’s organisations, especially those run by and for women and community-based organisations running projects with women and girls.
What can’t be funded?
In addition, for the Women's Fund for Scotland we cannot process applications for:
- Uniformed, political, or religious organisations except where they are running a project which would otherwise be eligible, and which does not promote any religion or a political purpose. (For example, a project promoting women’s participation in the political process may be eligible where it is for women of all political persuasions.)
- Organisations with an annual turnover of greater than £1m are not eligible for funding. Priority will be given to those organisations with an annual turnover not greater than £500,000.
- Organisations that pay less than the living wage of £9.50 per hour (2021)
- Projects primarily targeted at girls under the age of 12
- Projects for mixed groups (i.e., males and females)
- Applications from individuals
- Grant requests that are less than 25% of the total project cost.
- Activities that have already taken place; repayment of loans and debts; general fundraising appeals; trips abroad; activities that are the responsibility of statutory authorities
How are decisions made?
Funding is allocated based on decisions by the Trustees of the Women’s Fund with support from Foundation Scotland.
For more information on how we assess and allocate funding please visit How funding decisions are made
This fund is now closed to new applications. Funding decisions will be communicated by the end of March 2022.
WFS will provide core funding for a limited period. This will generally be to a new organisation or project but might also apply where an organisation has a short term funding gap. WFS will particularly welcome applications where the WFS grant for core costs will support the organisation/project to become sustainable.
A maximum of 10% of the grant applied for may be for consumable items which
- Are incidental to the main project (e.g., the cost of ingredients for a cookery skills project)
- Are essential to allow women to participate in the project
- Cannot be funded or obtained by any other means.
WFS will provide grants for IT equipment and other non-consumables where it is essential to the work of the applicant organisation. The following conditions must be met:
- All equipment will remain the property of the applicant organisation.
- Loans of the equipment to individual women, whether staff or project participants, may not extend beyond the duration of the individual’s involvement with that project (except if exceptionally agreed with us in advance).
- All applications should state the expected lifespan of the equipment and what will happen to it at the end of that period.
- Organisations applying for IT equipment must be fully GDPR compliant.
WFS does not provide income to support individual women or families for any purpose, whether in the form of cash or vouchers for items such as fuel, clothing etc.
Mercedes Green, Fund Adviser
Fund case studies
Read how the Women's Fund for Scotland has been supporting grassroots projects for women since 2002.