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Women's Fund for Scotland Invites Applications to new Grant Making Programme

09 May 2016

Thanks to a £600k grant from the UK Government’s Tampon Tax Fund, the Women’s Fund for Scotland (WFS) is inviting applications to a new grant making programme from community organisations across the country who empower women and girls to reach their full potential.

This significant boost to funding has allowed the Women’s Fund for Scotland to extend its grant making. Whilst retaining its existing small grants programme, which distributes grants of £500 to £2000, the WFS is introducing a multi-year large grants programme – up to £30,000 over 3 years. It has also removed the cap of £250,000 on annual turnover to allow charities and community groups of any size to apply.

The Women’s Fund for Scotland is a constituent Fund of Foundation Scotland. It benefits from the Foundation’s robust governance, infrastructure and grant making expertise to ensure that funding gets to grass roots community organisations where it can achieve lasting impact.

Applications can be made using a simple online process on the Foundation Scotland website. The first deadline is 28th June this year. The large grants programme is a two stage process, which requires completion of a short enquiry form. This will be reviewed by Foundation staff and if it meets relevant criteria, groups will be invited to make a full application. Final decisions for all applications will be made by the Foundation Scotland grants panel. The first awards will be made in September.

Applications must meet at least one of four investment themes; Building skills and confidence, improving health and well-being; building social networks and moving on from violence. More detailed information for applicants is available on the Women’s Fund page on the Foundation’s website

Shona Blakeley Development Manager, WFS added, “This is a huge opportunity for us to extend our reach and fund even more community groups working with women and girls across Scotland. We hope the significant increase in funding will lead to a growth in the number and range of applications. We are keen to identify community based groups who haven’t applied before as well as continuing to support organisations we know are having a major impact in addressing the many challenges facing women today. By removing the £250K income cap we also hope to attractmore applications from larger organisations doing amazing work within their communities.”

Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell said: “I am very pleased that the UK Government is investing £600,000 in supporting projects in Scotland helping women and girls reach their full potential. I encourage community groups large and small to apply for grants to help their work.”

To apply please visit /programmes/womens-fund-for-scotland/ no later than 28th June 2016.

For more information on the work of the Women’s Fund for Scotland please visit


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Notes to Editors

The Women’s Fund for Scotland was launched in 2002 with £1M of Scottish Government funding and some additional fundraising. For the next ten years WFS distributed £1.4M in grants to over 550 community groups across Scotland. As funding from the Scottish Government ended the group underwent a period of research and renewal to make sure it had a local impact ahead of a high profile re-launch in 2013 as a constituent fund of Foundation Scotland. It has been independently funded since the re-launch with support from individuals, Trusts and companies and has made a further 61 grants with a total value of £160,000 approx. via the Foundation’s express grants programme and in grant making showcases.

The WFS is pro-women, unique, ambitious and politically neutral. WFS believes that women are stronger together and provides grassroots funding to projects run by and for women either as start-up funds or to help pilot new initiatives.

Their mission is to make grants to projects across Scotland that support women’s growth, self-sufficient and social economic equality. The funding from the Tampon Tax Fund will enable WFS to increase the size and scope of their grant making in line with this mission.

WFS vision is of a Scotland that is safe, healthy, and prosperous and connected because women and girls have been encourage and supported to reach their full potential.


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