Women's Vote Centenary Grant Scheme

Latest Updates

Small Grants Fund Round 2 is NOW CLOSED.

The closing date was 23.59 Friday 18 May 2018.

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

In this Round, you can apply for between £2,000 and £65,000 out of a pot of around £500,000. We expect demand to be very high and will only be able to support the very best projects.

There are two application routes dependent on the amount you are requesting and you will need to select the appropriate application form. There is a form for applications from £2,000 to £20,000, and another form for applications between £20,001 and £65,000.

You can only submit one application for this round. You should choose which is the most appropriate route for your application. If you submit an application for both routes (under £20,000 and over £20,001), both applications will be rejected.

All applications must be made online. You must select the appropriate application form for the amount of grant you are applying for.

Please ensure you thoroughly read and use the updated Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for this round to plan your activity. There are also model application forms provided so you can find out what information you need in order to apply. Please use these forms for guidance only.

All projects must meet either or both the EDUCATE or PARTICIPATE objectives, though we expect most to meet only one. It must be clear who your project is aimed at, and we will expect applicants to show an understanding of their target demographic. Please read the guidance to understand the requirements for these objectives.

All projects must start by 16 July and finish by 31 December 2018.

We are unlikely to fund projects in the seven Centenary Cities areas (Bolton, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester and Nottingham) unless they are distinct from and/or add significant value to what has already been funded. Please contact us to discuss your project if this applies.

We are very unlikely to award funding to projects offering similar activities in the same location(s) as those funded in Round 1 of the Large Grant Fund. Please see the table below for details on the eight projects funded through Round 1.





British Federation of Film Societies

Will commission an archive film chronicling women’s political and civic lives over the past 100 years alongside a series of inspiring debates, discussions, celebration events, and a far-reaching social media campaign.


England-wide and Liverpool, Lancaster, Sheffield, Huddersfield and Durham

Essex Cultural Diversity Project

Will develop a range of events celebrating the life of prominent Suffragette Sophia Duleep Singh. Will include talks by subject experts and Sikh MPs, the development of a touring exhibition, creative writing workshops, a new theatre piece, and a one-day women’s history conference.


Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk

Feminist Archive

Will celebrate and learn from the legacy of the Women’s Liberation Movement and uncover untold feminist narratives through digital learning, educational workshops and a touring exhibition.


South West

Good Things Foundation

Will encourage excluded women to understand, celebrate and participate in democracy and public life through face-to-face workshops and training with a strong digital technology and social media component. Culminates in an event at Parliament. 



Jackson’s Lane

Will work in three Haringey schools to create three learning installations (exhibition, digital design, film, sound and live moments created by young people aged 16 to 18) exploring women’s rights and role in society 100 years ago, in the present, and 100 years in the future. Each Learning Installation will have a debating chamber for young people where young women will take the lead on live debates around the themes of “women, power and politics”. These debates will also be streamed so that they are available to a wider audience.



National Trust

Will deliver workshops and exhibits exploring modern day women’s issues within a historical frame of reference linked to three National Trust properties. These will include:  modern-day disenfranchised women, the historical underclasses and the workhouse; modern-day political disagreement and tension and the historical context of prominent families with conflicted views on women’s suffrage; and underrepresentation of women in STEM industries and the historical context of women engineers in 1918.


Southwell (Nottinghamshire), Exeter and Morpeth (Northumberland)

Saathi House

Will offer training and political leadership pathways for Bangladeshi and Pakistani women in three locations (Birmingham, Bradford and Keighley) who want to become local leaders; giving them a voice, skills and confidence and supporting them into positions of power.


Birmingham, Bradford and Keighley

Young Women’s Trust

Will deliver two residentials for women aged 16 to 30 to look at how women can influence conversations at a local and national level and two training days for women to build practical skills and confidence; focussed on public speaking and media relations.


Birmingham, Bromsgrove, London and Nottingham

How to apply for Small Grants

Round 2 is NOW CLOSED.

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 Mid-March 2018
Round 1 Tranche 2 – now closed 07 Dec 2017 31 Jan 2018 30 Apr 2018

Round 2 - NOW CLOSED

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.

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.

Other Grant Schemes Open for Applications


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

For more information click here.


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