Women's Vote Centenary Grant Scheme

Latest Updates

Round 3 of Small Grants Fund is NOW OPEN.

The closing date is 23:59 Tuesday 16 October 2018.

Round 2 of Large Grants Fund (the final round) is NOW CLOSED.

The closing date was 23:59 Thursday 17 May 2018.

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.

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.

Small Grants

Small Grants Fund Application Timelines (please note all Small Grants Fund projects have to be completed by 31 December 2018 at the latest):

Round Opens Closes Latest start date
Round 1 Tranche 1 – now closed 07 Dec 2017 07 Jan 2018  
Round 1 Tranche 2 – now closed 07 Dec 2017 31 Jan 2018  

Round 2 - now closed

15 Mar 2018

18 May 2018

 

Round 3

04 Sep 2018

16 Oct 2018

15 Dec 2018

Round 3 of Small Grants Fund is NOW OPEN and the closing date is 23:59 Tuesday 16 October 2018.

Please read the Guidance and FAQs carefully before you apply to make sure that your organisation and your project ideas 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. All applications must be submitted online. You can access the online application form HERE.

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.

All projects must start by 15 December and finish by 31 December 2018.

For further information on the Small Grants Fund projects funded to date, please download the Excel spreadsheet in the links section below.

Access the application portal HERE.

Large Grants

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

Round 2 of the Large Grants Fund for grants between £2,000 and £65,000 is now CLOSED. The closing date was Thursday 17 May 2018 at 23:59.

For further information on the Large Grants Fund funded projects, please download the Excel spreadsheet in the links section below.

Other Grant Schemes Open for Applications

Wales

Welsh Government’s Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme is now closed for applications.​

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 Grants Fund or Large Grants 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