Rosa - The Women Thrive Fund

funding update

Aims/priorities: The Women Thrive Fund is provided by Rosa and Smallwood Trust working in partnership. The funding comes from the Government's Tampon Tax Fund.

This fund has been created by Rosa and Smallwood Trust in response to the ‘devastating’ impact that the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has had on women and girls across the UK.

The funding is intended to enable women’s and girls’ organisations to respond to the crisis and support women and girls to overcome the barriers they face due to the pandemic.

The funding is for work that supports the UK’s most vulnerable, disadvantaged and/or under-represented women and girls to:

  • Improve their mental health and wellbeing, gaining confidence, tools, skills and support to sustain those improvements; and/or
  • Improve their financial resilience, increasing their routes out of poverty, gaining confidence, tools, skills and support to secure a stable financial future.

The funding will also build stronger women’s organisations that are more sustainable and better able to meet the needs of women and girls.

Who can apply? Not-for-profit organisations can apply if they meet all of the following requirements:

  • Their organisation is not-for-profit and run predominantly by, for and with women. They do not have to be a registered charity, but their activities must be charitable, legal and for the benefit of women.
  • They have a written governing document , eg, a constitution or set of rules.
  • They have a governing body with at least three unrelated members. The majority of these should be women.
  • They have a UK-based bank or building society account in the name of their organisation.
  • Their bank or building society account has at least two unrelated signatories.
  • They have been active for at least one year and can produce annual accounts for a whole year.
  • They have an appropriate safeguarding policy in place.

There is particular interest in proposals from women’s and girl’s organisations that:

  • Address the critical needs of women and girls who miss out the most, including: Black and minoritised women and girls, disabled women and girls, LGBT+ women and girls, financially vulnerable women and girls and women on low incomes, older women, women and girls using drugs or alcohol and other underserved and disadvantaged groups of women and girls.
  • Operate in less economically resilient communities within the UK, eg, areas with high levels of unemployment.

The funding will pay for the costs of the project activity (project costs) and the costs of running the organisation (core costs). This includes:

  • Direct staff costs.
  • Associated staff costs.
  • Volunteer costs.
  • Other direct costs directly associated to the work being delivered, such as materials, venues, equipment, sessional staff, publicity, etc.
  • General running costs, such as rent, utility costs, insurances and any other costs related to the day to day running of the organisation.

Grant amount: Grants of up to:

  • £15,000 for organisations with a turnover up to and including £200,000.
  • £40,000 for organisations with a turnover of £200,001 – £999,999.

Grants will be paid in August 2021 and must be fully spent by 31 December 2022.

Applicants can also ask for an additional 25% of their grant request for costs which will make their organisation stronger for the future.

Application process: Applicants that would like to ask questions are encouraged to registerfor one of the following webinars:

  • 17 February (1pm)
  • 25 February (10am)
  • 8 March (6pm)
  • 18 March (1pm)

The guidance document, FAQs and online application form can be found on Rosa’s website. Registration for the webinars is also via Rosa's website.

Deadline:  The deadline for applications is 25 March 2021 (5pm).

Contact Information:  Telephone: 0300 365 1886 Email: or

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£10,000.01 to £25,000
Charitable Company
Constituted Group
Partnerships and Consortiums
Registered Charity
Social Enterprise
Funding Theme: 
Covid 19
Women and Girls
Unpublish Date: 
Thursday, 25 March, 2021