Women and Girls projects in North and East Yorkshire recieve major funding boost

Grassroots groups working across North and East Yorkshire will get much-needed grants worth £69,862 to help support local women and girls facing a range of challenges.

9 projects will receive grants of between £5,000 – £10,000. This is the second time Two Ridings Community Foundation has awarded groups money from the Tampon Tax Community Fund to help women and girls experiencing issues such as period poverty, domestic and sexual abuse and mental health.

Collectively as a network, UK Community Foundations is one of the UK’s largest grant-makers and was asked by government to distribute the largest share of the funding raised through the levy on sanitary products through its network of community foundations. A total of £6.9 million has been awarded nationally to grassroots groups in the two rounds of funding.

Jan Garrill, Chief Executive Officer of Two Ridings Community Foundation:

“This funding supports the groups on the ground that are making a huge difference to the lives of women and girls. We know there is huge demand out there for these services and are proud to help small organisations working in our community to access vital public funding, which otherwise they may miss out on.”

The projects being that have been funded:

  • The Hinge Centre in Bridlington has been awarded £6965 to run weekly sessions for young girls aged 12-18 aimed at building skills and increasing their confidence.
  • Hull Sisters has been awarded £10,000 to provide a 6-month programme aimed at developing the skills of women from the BAMER communities.
  • Hull Lighthouse has been awarded a grant of £5132 to enable them to continue to support women affected by sexual exploitation, including those who have worked in street prostitution or exited.
  • Rooted in Hull has been awarded a grant of £8481 to run sessions for a year for women who are vulnerable.
  • SELFA in Craven has been awarded £7570 to run sessions focused at reducing social isolation in girls living in a rural area.
  • Horizon Life Training in Harrogate has been awarded a grant of £9348 to provide a programme of activity to support former addicts.
  • York Womens Counselling Service has been awarded a grant of £5357 to enable them to expand their coaching and mentoring for vulnerable women.
  • Home Start York has been awarded a grant of £7510 to support mums with complex needs to build their confidence and skills and create a peer support network.
  • York LGBT Forum has been awarded a grant of £9463 to provide 1-to-1 support for trans men and trans women.

Community Foundations are local champions, connecting people and organisations that want to improve their communities. They invest in local people and organisations tackling some of the biggest issues facing communities today and supporting some of society’s most disadvantaged people. They provide help and advice to those who want to give at the heart of their communities, both now and in the long-term, by matching donors to important local causes.