Women's Vote Centenary Grant Scheme

Latest Updates

Round 2 of Small Grants Fund is NOW OPEN.

The closing date is 18 May 2018 at 23.59.

Round 2 of Large Grants Fund will be open from 26 April 2018.

It will be for projects between £2,000 and £65,000.

About the Grant Scheme

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is a £1.5 million government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.

The grant scheme has two types of funds:

  1. Approximately 150 Small Grants of between £300 to £2,000 for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. There will be three bidding rounds during 2018.
  2. Up to 30 Large Grants of between £2,000 and £125,000. These will fund projects that increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life. There will be two bidding rounds during 2018.

Both funds are open to organisations and activity in England only. Each of the devolved administrations has been provided additional funding to celebrate the centenary in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and are making their own arrangements.

How to apply for Large Grants

Round 1 of the Large Grant Fund for grants between £30,000 and £125,000 is now CLOSED.
The closing date was 27 February 2018 at 23.59.

Round 2 will be open from 26 April 2018, for projects between £2,000 and £65,000.

For this round, there will be two application forms, one for projects £2,000 - £20,000 and another for projects £20,001 - £65,000. Updated guidance and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will be available from this date.

Please do use the updated guidance and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to plan your activity. There will also be model application forms so you can find out what information you need in order to apply. Please use these forms for guidance only.

Please read the guidance when it is available from 26 April 2018 carefully before you apply to make sure that you and your project idea are eligible for the fund.

How to apply for Small Grants

Round 2 is NOW OPEN.

Small Grants Fund Application Timelines:

Round Opens Closes Latest start date
Round 1 Tranche 1 – now closed 07 Dec 2017 07 Jan 2018 Mid-March 2018
Round 1 Tranche 2 – now closed 07 Dec 2017 31 Jan 2018 30 Apr 2018

Round 2 - NOW OPEN

15 Mar 2018

18 May 2018

31 Aug 2018

Round 3 12 Jul 2018 14 Sep 2018 15 Dec 2018

Please read the application form, guidance and Frequently Asked Questions carefully before you apply to make sure that you and your project idea are eligible for the fund. There is also a model application form so you can find out what information you need in order to apply. Please use this form for guidance only. You must apply through the application portal.

We aim to let you know the outcome of your application within 4 weeks of submission. Please make sure you apply in sufficient time before the date you need to start your project.

To access the application portal CLICK HERE.

Other Grant Schemes Open for Applications

Wales

Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme in Wales will provide grants of between £500 and £20,000 to third sector organisations, community organisations and community groups, for projects and/or events which will mark the 100th anniversary.

For more information click here.

Scotland

The Scottish government has announced a £500,000 grant scheme for the centenary. We will provide more details when they are available.

For more information click here.

Northern Ireland

There are no current plans for a grant scheme.

The Isle of Man

The Isle of Man first gave women the vote in 1881 so will not be celebrating the centenary this year.

Contact Us

To help us answer your query, please state your application reference number if it relates to an existing application. You can find this on the application portal in the format ‘SGFR2\xxxxxx’. If you do not have a reference number, please state in your email to which grant fund your query is related (i.e. Small Grant Fund or Large Grant Fund).

We regret that we are unable to offer advice on the suitability of project ideas. Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are available on our website, please do read these before contacting us as you may find the answer to your query there.

Email: womensvotecentenaryfund@ecorys.com