Funding from Rosa’s Voices from the Front Line
Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls, has announced the second round of Rosa’s Voices from the Frontline grants programme.
Established in June 2008, Rosa is the first UK-wide charitable fund specifically aimed at supporting projects that promote justice and equality for women and girls.
Rosa’s Voices from the Frontline Grants Programme is designed to support women’s organisations to promote their fight for gender equality in the UK through charitable advocacy work.
The programme offers one-off grants of between £500 and £2,000 and expects that up to 25 projects will be supported in 2017/18. The funding is for charitable advocacy work across Rosa’s four pillars of leadership and representation, safety, health and economic justice.
Rosa is looking to support a range of women’s voluntary and community organisations, from those who are just beginning to make their voices heard, to those looking to begin to catalyse change at a higher level.
Given that the fund aims to address the critical needs of women and girls that miss out most, proposals from organisations that support disadvantaged women and girls, such as the following, are particularly welcomed:
- Refugees and seeking asylum
- Survivors of gender violence
- From low income backgrounds
The funding can be used to cover costs relating to increasing the skills, capacity and credibility of women who wish to challenge gender inequality and promote awareness and change.
Grants will be awarded for projects that:
- Stimulate debate and amplify women’s voices.
- Raise awareness of one or more of Rosa’s four pillars.
- Influence the public, policy makers, media and/or government.
- Change behaviours, attitudes or policies.
Creative approaches are encouraged. Examples of work that will be supported include:
- Coaching or travel costs for a service user to speak at an event or national conference.
- Presentation, media or lobbying training to support organisational advocacy strategies.
- Costs of creating campaign materials, such as posters, infographics or videos.
- Articulating the story of one woman to champion an organisation’s work.
- Making a case to local commissioners for the value of the group’s service.
- Meeting costs with local/national government representatives or for planning a campaign.
Women’s sector voluntary and community organisations in the UK can apply as long as they have a written governing document, have been active for at least one year and can produce annual accounts for an entire year, a governing body or management committee with at least three unrelated members, and a UK-based bank or building society account in the organisation’s name with at least two unrelated signatories.
Although it is not required to be a registered charity, the applicant’s activities must be charitable, legal and for the benefit of women.
The deadline for applications is 15 June 2017 (5pm).
Full details can be found on Rosa’s website.
Funding for Community Groups from Skipton Building Society
Skipton Building Society is providing its Grassroots Giving programme for a fifth year in a row to small, local community groups in the UK.
The Skipton Building Society established the Grassroots Giving programme in 2013 to mark the anniversary of its 160th birthday. It offered 160 donations of £500 to local grassroots groups and organisations that are “passionate about making life better for others” but which get very little support elsewhere. The winners were chosen by a public vote.
This year, there are 164 pots of £500 to give away to voluntary groups, community organisations and sports clubs throughout the UK.
The funding will be awarded to projects that create empowering opportunities and make life better for local communities. Priority will be given to projects which get very little support elsewhere.
Local grassroots groups, such as community allotments, social groups for older people, and groups running activities for young people, from across the UK may apply. Groups should have an annual net profit of less than £10,000.
The online application runs from 2 May 2016 to the end of July 2017.
Following the application closing date, a shortlist of organisations will be compiled and listed on the Grassroots Giving website. The public will then be free to vote for their favourite organisation, and the winning groups will be announced in early November 2017.
Please note that registered charities may not apply.
Full details can be found on Skipton Building Society website.