Charities and community groups can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to run projects and services directly benefiting women and girls facing issues such as period poverty, domestic and sexual abuse, mental health and long-term unemployment.
The programme seeks to reduce the risk of crisis at different life stages. This may be by helping women and girls get into or back work, raising awareness about health issues, or by creating and developing peer networks.
Within this context applicants will need to demonstrate how they meet one or more of the following objectives:
- Building skills and confidence – supporting women and girls to learn new skills, giving them the ability to apply for new jobs and/or return to the workplace. For example, projects might provide 1:1 support, training, mentoring, reduce isolation or build confidence and self-esteem.
- Improving health and well-being – teaching women how to look after and improve their own mental or physical health and live in good health for longer. For example, projects could provide services related to mindfulness such as yoga, art and exercise.
- Building social networks – connecting women to others they can share similar experiences with, supporting them to feel less lonely, more valued, more able to pass on that support. For example, projects could offer social and skills groups with specialist support.