Grants are available for projects in the UK and internationally that transform the lives of women.
Maximum value: £15,000
Objectives of Fund
The Trust aims to support projects in the UK and internationally that transform the lives of women.
In 2017 and 2018, the Trust particularly welcome applications from non-OECD countries in the following areas:
- Lesbian and transgender rights.
- Violence against women and girls.
- Disabled women and girls.
Grants of up to £15,000 are available. However, the Trustees rarely give out awards of this amount.
The Trust receives a very large number of applications; far more than it can fund. The current success rate for applications is about 5%.
Match Funding Restrictions
Applicants should bear in mind that they may only be offered partial funding.
Who Can Apply
Individuals and organisations in the UK and internationally are eligible to apply.
Funding is not available for the following:
- Applications from students to support them on courses of any kind, this includes sub-degree, Bachelors, Masters and Doctorates. Nor will funding be available for doctoral fieldwork. Exceptionally contributions of up to £500 may be made to assist a student from a poor country.
- Applications from academics to fund work which could be funded by more traditional sources of funding. This means that summer projects for US academics are very unlikely to receive funding.
- Where academics do receive funding, this will not cover overheads, teaching buy-outs or equivalent.
- Applications to continue doctoral studies. Post-docs can be funded from more conventional sources.
- Religious groups.
- Applications from UK organisations for core funding that has been lost or reduced due to statutory bodies’ spending cuts.
The Trust rarely funds stand-alone research.
Funding is for projects that relate to the Trust’s objectives, which are:
- To advance the education of the public in the subject of gender.
- To promote equality of opportunity between women and men in any part of the world.
- To alleviate poverty and hardship by promoting and advancing good health and education among women in any part of the world.
- To undertake other charitable purposes.
The Trust will fund the following:
- Hard to fund Some types of projects are difficult to fund. Typically these projects have no other obvious sources of funding. This might mean, for example, that traditional academic sources are either not interested in the area or that it is an activist project or that it is too feminist for most conventional funding sources. For example the Trust supported the writing and publication of the history of Rape Crisis in Scotland and the translation and updating sections of ‘Women and Their Bodies’ into Arabic and Hebrew.
- Pump priming This means that the Trust will provide a small amount of funding to help start an activity in the hope that it will then be able attract sufficient funding to continue. For example the Trust funded a project in Argentina to strengthen the capacity of organisations promoting women’s rights and a project to provide audio visual equipment for a feminist social centre in Madrid. In each case these projects have hopefully helped to create a sustainable activity.
- Interventionist projectswhich support feminist values. It is often difficult for projects around core feminist concerns such as abortion rights and domestic violence to find funding. The Trust has supported, for example, Asylum Aid (an independent charity workshop with asylum seekers in the UK) to promote its ‘Charter of Rights’ for Women Seeking Asylum. The Trust has also supported the 40th Anniversary Campaign of Abortion Rights in the UK, a documentary about abortion in Trinidad and Tobago and a feminist art studio in Tbilisi, Georgia.
- Training and development projects: funding for projects which provide training in relevant areas. For example, the Trust has funded English lessons for sex workers in London; leadership skills training for women in the voluntary sector and volunteer training at Glasgow Women’s Library.
- One off events: the Trust supported Cine25 as part of the celebrations of 25 years of Women’s Studies at the University of York (UK); a seminar for the Lileth Project (a violence against women housing related project), and a workshop on the gender dimensions of Bulgarian Immigration Policy.
- Dissemination: the Trust will fund the production and distribution of relevant material. Too often work has had a more limited impact than it should because it was not well distributed. For example the Trust has supported the production of a booklet on Asian women’s experiences of higher education in the UK and the distribution of publications by the Rights of Women (a non-profit UK group).
- Core funding: the Trust realises that many groups struggle to raise core funding. The Trustees are willing to offer core funding to cover staff costs, accommodation etc.
- Other projects: the Trust may still support an application that does not easily fit into any of the above categories. For example, the Trust has funded a project to capture oral histories of women’s experience of the menopause. Applicants should contact the Trust to discuss eligibility prior to submitting an application.
Where projects include a research element, applicants should describe the steps that have been taken to ensure the research will be undertaken in an ethical manner and careful attention should be paid to the costs.
How To Apply
The application deadlines are:
- 30 September 2017.
- 31 January 2018.
- 30 April 2018.
- 30 September 2018
Application forms are available to download from the Trust’s website and should be returned by email.
Useful link – www.feminist-review-trust.com