Smallwood Trust - Women’s Sector Resilience Fund Phase 2

funding update

Aims/priorities: Phase 2 aims to support local networks of organisations working with and for women to make change to systems that cause women’s poverty in their area.  It is a place-based approach to systems change that is open to networks in and around the following areas:

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • Liverpool / Merseyside
  • Manchester
  • Middlesbrough / Teesside
  • Newcastle
  • West Yorkshire (Bradford and Leeds)

The new programme will fund approximately three networks over three years to achieve the programme goals of:

  • Working with networks of organisations united by geography to reduce gendered poverty in their area.
  • Building capacity within local communities to help the local women’s sector to create sustainable change.

Who can apply? Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations (including registered charities and CICs) that are women only or have a track record in delivering services for women (aged 18+) facing multiple and complex disadvantage.

To be eligible, applicants must have:

  • A written governing document (eg, a constitution or set of rules).
  • A governing body with at least three unrelated members.
  • A UK-based bank or building society account in the name of the organisation with at least two unrelated signatories.
  • An appropriate safeguarding policy in place.

In addition, the lead organisation within the network must have:

  • Some previous experience of either: subcontracting, coordinating a network, joint working or a combination of the three.
  • At least 12 months of draft or signed accounts.

Applicants should refer to the guidance notes on the Trust's website as they provide full details of the criteria.

Grant amount: A total of £1.5 million is available during Phase 2.

It is expected that approximately three geographical place-based networks will be funded over three years.

Each network can apply for up to £500,000 to be spent over three years.

Application process:  Guidance notes and the expression of interest form can be found on the Smallwood Trust website.

Further information will be provided during the following Q&A webinars:

  • 20 October 2021 (13:00 – 14:00)
  • 3 November 2021 (10:00 – 11:00)

Deadline:  The application schedule for Phase 2 is as follows:

  • 10 December 2021 - Deadline for Expression of Interest
  • 18 March 2022 – Deadline for full applications
  • End of March 2022 – Interviews
  • April 2022 – Notification of decisions
  • April/May 2022 – First funding instalment paid and projects commence.

Contact Information: Tel: 0300 365 1886 Email:

Website address:

over £25,000
Charitable Company
Constituted Group
Partnerships and Consortiums
Registered Charity
Funding Theme: 
Women and Girls
Unpublish Date: 
Friday, 10 December, 2021