Women’s Urgent Support Fund for England Opens for Round 2

Funder: Smallwood Trust

Funding Available: £20,000 - £50,000, £5,000 - £20,000

Closing Date: 21 June, 2024

Available to: Community Interest Companies, Not for Profit Groups, Registered Charities

Type of Fund: National

About this Funding:

Smallwood Trust, with funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, has opened the second round of its £5.43 million funding programme to support organisations providing frontline services for women in England to manage the impact of the cost-of-living crisis.

Round 2 will provide funding for not-for-profit organisations with an income of £1 million or less who are delivering frontline services that are led by, for and/or serving women. Grants of up to £20,000 per year for three years will enable organisations to respond to the spike in demand of priority basic needs from women who are most at risk of poverty, because of the cost-of-living-crisis.

Priority will be given to organisations and/or services supporting the following groups:

  • Women experiencing racial inequality.
  • Disabled women.
  • Women with No Recourse to Public Funds.
  • Women that are the sole parent to children under 18 years.
  • LGBTQ+ communities experiencing financial insecurity.

At least 50% of grants will be committed to projects that support women experiencing racial inequality and/or disabled women. Applications from smaller organisations are encouraged. Applications from partnerships will be accepted.

Funding must be used to support the provision of essential services to women most impacted by poverty and the cost-of-living crisis. Grants can pay for core and frontline staff salaries, running costs/overheads, services and goods, and other organisational costs.

There is a total of £2.2 million for Round 2. It is expected that around 35 organisations will receive a grant. Grants of between £15,000 and £60,000 over three years are available. This should be split across the three years, with a maximum of £20,000 per year. Projects must start by November 2024 and all funds must be spent by November/December 2027.

Smallwood Trust will host two ‘How to Apply’ webinars on 13 June (11am to 12pm). Registration is required and can be done via the Smallwood Trust website.

A two-stage application process has been introduced for Round 2.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 21 June 2024 (5pm).

Funding Criteria:

More information available directly from the funder.

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