Tackling Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG)

Grants of up to £250,000 are available to UK women’s organisations which provide frontline services to meet the needs of women and girls facing multiple disadvantage across one or more strands of VAWG. A total of £1.2 million is available. The fund is expected to make up to 15 investments of £50,000 – £250,000.

Comic Relief are continuing their partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the UK’s devolved administrations to open this £1.2 million fund to support organisations across the UK tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG).

The fund has been made available through a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.

Funding will be provided to support those facing multiple disadvantage across one or more strands of Violence against Women & Girls (VAWG). These stands are defined as:

  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Coercive Control
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Harmful Practices (FGM, FM, HBV)
  • Image-based sexual offending
  • Misogyny
  • Prostitution
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual violence & rape
  • Stalking,
  • Trafficking.

Proposals should respond to one or more of the programme’s aims:

  • Maintain / improve support for women and girls who are experiencing or at risk of violence and abuse
  • Expand reach and support for women and girls who face additional barriers in accessing services such as BAMER (Black, Asian Minority Ethnic and Refugee), older, LBTI (Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex), and disabled communities
  • Capture the lived experiences of women and girls to inform the design and delivery of services, practice and policy
  • Coordinate cross sector partnerships to build more trauma-informed, joined-up care pathways that meet the holistic needs of women and girls.

Latest Information:

The deadline for applications is 4 September 2019.

Key Criteria:

UK women’s organisations which provide frontline services to meet the needs of women and girls facing multiple disadvantage (the overlapping experiences of violence / abuse, mental ill health and substance misuse) are eligible to apply.

UK women’s organisations are defined as those who work from a feminist and / or women’s rights perspective, are led by women, promote the rights of women and girls as their primary mission, and call for structural change to achieve gender equality

Funding can be used to cover specific project activities and core costs that can be evidenced as directly related to the proposed project. Funded projects will need to start-up in January 2020 and run for no more than 12 to 15 months.

Before beginning an application, applicants should take the eligibility quiz, check the main eligibility criteria and consult the guidance thoroughly (see https://www.comicrelief.com/funding/funding-opportunities/tackling-violence-against-women-and-girls). For more information see the website or contact using 020 7820 2000 or grantsinfo@comicrelief.com.


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