£250,000 funding available for specialist projects for vulnerable women and girls in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham and Teesside

A NORTH East charity chief is urging local groups to step forward for funding to fight period poverty, domestic abuse, unemployment and mental health issues.

Michelle Cooper, chief executive of County Durham Community Foundation, is inviting projects and services that benefit women and girls to apply for grants of up to £10,000.

The Tampon Tax Community Fund has £250,000 to inject into grassroots projects in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Teesside.

Michelle said: “I know there are groups out there doing life-changing work to make things better for our region’s women and girls, often on a shoestring budget.

“While they might struggle to compete for larger pots, this is a golden opportunity for them to boost their reach with some decent funding. They know what their communities need and they know how to achieve it, and we are proud to be handling this government funding to give them the means to make their ideas a reality. We welcome all applications with great interest.”

The funding is for projects or services that directly benefit women and girls. Priority will be given to grassroots organisations, organisations working with women or girls facing multiple challenges, user-led organisations and sustainable projects providing long-term solutions.

Applications will be assessed by the Foundation and shortlisted projects will go to a local panel who will decide which groups to award funding to. Successful projects are likely to be announced early in 2020.

This is the second time UK Community Foundations has been selected by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to distribute the largest share of Tampon Tax funding. This is money raised through the levy on sanitary products which will be passed to small, local projects, working through the national network of Community Foundations.

 About County Durham Community Foundation

Established in 1995, County Durham Community Foundation is a local grant-making foundation. It is one of 46 Community Foundations in the UK, a network that actively promotes and facilitates local giving for local people. Nearly £100m was awarded in grants across the network last financial year, with County

County Durham Community We promote lasting charitable giving, by bringing together donors with their chosen causes, through well targeted grants that make a genuine difference to the lives of local people, acting as a vehicle for individuals, families and companies who want to put something back into their local community, either in their lifetime, or through leaving a legacy.

Since 1995, County Durham Community Foundation has made grants over £41 million to groups and individuals across County Durham & Darlington on behalf of our donors. We currently manage over 200 funds which are all unique and tailor-made to suit the donor.

If you would like to know more about County Durham Community Foundation you can contact us on 0191 378 6340; or visit: www.cdcf.org.uk.

About UKCF

UK Community Foundations is a national network of 46 accredited Community Foundations across the UK. Its members bring communities together, fund great ideas and inspire local philanthropy. Its network has collectively given out £1 billion in grants to charities, community groups and individuals.

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