The Smallwood Trust has been helping women out of poverty for nearly 135 years. With the aid of £2.1 million funding from Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s 'Community Match Challenge' they are now in a position to provide grants to women’s sector organisations that will safeguard vital frontline jobs and support services as well as help 15,000 women across England who are most at risk of poverty and financial hardship. The funding from DCMS is matched by £2 million from the Smallwood Trust itself, and a £100 000 donation from the Sisters Trust.
Organisations can apply for grants of between £20,000 - £30,000.
• Funds can pay for staff salaries, running costs/overheads, project costs and goods and equipment to support the adaptation of frontline services.
• Organisations must have an annual income of less than £1 million.
• Priority will be given to organisations supporting and led by BAME women, women with disabilities and financially vulnerable LGBT+ women
• Funds must be spent by 31 March 2021
Funding will be prioritised for women’s sector organisations and services where the pandemic has had the most impact, the North-East is one of their 8 priority areas
It's first panel is meeting on 16th October, with further dates to be announced