Tampon Tax Community Fund

The purpose of the Tampon Tax Community Fund is to allocate funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls with an aim of supporting those who are most marginalised to overcome barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their potential.

Devon Community Foundation is working with UK Community Foundation to deliver the Tampon Tax Community Benefit Fund in Devon.

Grants are available for UK based organisations with a local or community reach who are delivering small-scale interventions which will make a considerable difference to the lives and happiness of women and girls by raising aspirations and combating the influences that affect their confidence.

Grants are available between £5,000 - £10,000 for projects lasting up to 12 months and which meet one or more of the Tampon Tax Community Fund objectives:

  • Building skills and confidence: for example, supporting women and girls to learn new skills, giving them the ability to apply for new jobs and/or return to the workplace
  • Improving health and well-being: for example, teaching women how to look after and improve their own mental or physical health and live in good health for longer
  • Building social networks: for example, connecting women to others they can share similar experiences with, supporting them to feel less lonely, more valued and more able to pass on that support

We will fund:

  • Volunteer expenses: budget for training, travel, telephone calls, travel and meals
  • Activity costs: budget for resources to facilitate a project/activity; costs that fall outside capital, volunteer or staffing costs e.g. event catering, volunteer costs
  • Project staff/sessional staff costs: budget for external consultants and staff that are employed for the specific project/activity that is being funded, including the cost of permanent staff to deliver specific projects

Priority will be given to:

  • Women and girl organisations, defined as:
    • an organisation that has been established by women or girls and/or is led and staffed by women and girls
    • an organisation that has been established with the key aim of working with women and girls only
    • the majority of beneficiaries served by the organisation are, and will continue to be, women and girls, and the majority of the services will reflect this
  • Grassroots organisations offering localised support
  • Organisations working with beneficiaries with multiple disadvantages
  • User led organisations that have a clear understanding of the needs they are supporting
  • Sustainable projects that provide long-term solutions to the people they are helping

We will not fund:

  • Groups in receipt of Tampon Tax funding from another funder for the same project, unless it can be clearly demonstrated that this programme is funding different activity
  • Statutory organisations, including schools
  • Activities of a party political or exclusively religious nature
  • Paid for marketing and advertising
  • Individuals or individual sponsorship
  • Purchases of capital equipment
  • Costs reimbursed or to be reimbursed by funding from other public authorities or from the private sector
  • Interest payments (including service charge payments for finance leases)
  • Statutory fines, criminal fines or penalties
  • Trips abroad

How to apply

  • The application window is from 9am on Monday 17 September to 12noon on Wednesday 24 October
  • Check the list of supporting documents in the Criteria document to ensure that you can upload all that are required
  • Access and complete the application form HERE
  • Tampon Tax Community Fund Criteria can be downloaded HERE

If you are unsure about any of the above criteria or have any other queries, please contact our Grants Team on 01884 235887 or email