A limited number of grants are available to support organisational development for Black and minoritised-led women’s and girls’ organisations in the UK so that they are in a stronger position to survive, thrive and grow into the future.

This funding is intended for specialist organisations led by and for Black and minoritised women and girls in the UK so that they are in a stronger position to survive, thrive and grow into the future.

Applicants need to be working across Rosa’s four pillars of work:

  • Economic justice
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Leadership and representation
  • Safety.

Grants of up to £40,000 are available for two year funding beginning in July 2022 and ending by July 2024.

It is expected that between 25 and 30 grants will be awarded.

The first 50% of the grant will be paid up front in July 2022 and the second 50% in July 2023 upon receipt of a short interim report.

Who Can Apply
Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations run by, for and with Black and minoritised women and girls in the UK, including:

  • Registered charity
  • Community interest company
  • Not for profit company limited by guarantee
  • Unregistered charity/not for profit organisation
  • Charitable incorporated organisation/Scottish charitable incorporated organisation
  • Industrial and provident community benefit society.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have the principal objective of working with and for Black and minoritised women and/or girls.
  • Have Black and minoritised women and/or girls as the majority of their beneficiaries both now and in the future.
  • Have at least 75% of their senior management team and trustees/governing body as Black and minoritised women and/or girls.
  • Ensure their activities are charitable, legal and for the benefit of Black and minoritised women and/or girls.
  • Have an average annual income of less than £100,000 per year.
  • Have been active for at least three years and can produce annual accounts for three full years.
  • Have unrestricted reserves of 6 months expenditure or less.
  • Have a written governing document, eg, a constitution or set of rules.
  • Have a governing body with at least three unrelated members.
  • Have a UK-based bank or building society account in the name of the organisation, with at least two unrelated signatories.
  • Have an appropriate safeguarding policy in place.

There is particular interest in proposals from organisations that:

  • Are user led.
  • Work with and for especially marginalised Black and minoritised women and girls, for example those with no recourse to public funds, refugee and asylum seekers, women experiencing homelessness, women and girls using drugs and alcohol, women and girls who have been trafficked, those with a disability, older women, LBGT+ women and girls.
  • Operate in less economically resilient communities within the UK.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Responsibilities of statutory agencies
  • Profit-making work
  • Party political activity
  • Activities promoting religious beliefs
  • Work outside the UK
  • Applications from individuals
  • Overseas travel
  • Interest payments on loans
  • Building purchase
  • Costs that have already been incurred (‘retrospective costs’).

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for organisational development work relating to areas such as strategy, governance, leadership, alliances and partnerships, funding, demonstrating impact and systems and processes.

A list of the types of changes that Rosa wants to see as well as examples of the work that will be funded can be found in the guidance notes.

The grants can be used for the following:

  • Direct staff costs
  • Associated staff costs
  • Volunteer costs
  • Other costs directly related to the work being delivered, such as consultancy fees, new systems or membership fees.
  • General running costs, which could include rent, utility costs, insurances and any other costs related to the day to day running of the organisation. Up to 15% of the total request can be general running costs.

How To Apply

Guidance notes and the online application form can be found on Rosa’s website.

Rosa will be hosting three ‘How to Apply’ webinars to be held on:

2 December (18:00)
7 December (15:00)
15 December (13:00)
The link to register can be found in the guidance notes on Rosa’s website.

The deadline for applications is 10 January 2022 (17:00).

Rosa’s office will be closed after 23 December 2021 until it reopens on 4 January 2022.

Groups can contact Rosa by sending an email to grants@rosauk.org.

Apply HERE

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