Grants are available for specialist women’s organisations across the UK to deal with the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic on their work.

Funding body: Rosa
Maximum value: £ 10,000
Application deadline:  None specified

Rosa is a grantmaking charity that was launched in 2008 and supports grassroots women’s organisations, with the aim of making the UK a fairer, safer place for women.

Objectives of Fund
The funding is for specialist “by, for and with” women’s organisations across the UK and is intended to help them meet short-term funding needs and respond to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

Value Notes
Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for a period of up to six months.

Who Can Apply
Organisations that are non-profitable and run predominantly by, for and with women can apply.

They do not have to be registered charities, but their activities must be charitable, legal and for the benefit of women.

To be eligible organisations must:

  • 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, which has at least two unrelated signatories.
  • Have been active for at least one year and must be able to produce annual accounts for a whole year.
  • Have an appropriate safeguarding policy in place.

United Kingdom

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Work that is not exclusively targeting women and girls as beneficiaries.
  • Work intended to benefit specific individuals (as opposed to groups in the community).
  • Work that substitutes or overlaps with statutory service provision.
  • Paid-for advertising and marketing.
  • Work that should be provided by statutory organisations.
  • Party political activities.
  • Activities promoting religious beliefs.
  • Overseas travel.
  • Interest payment on loans.
  • One-off conferences or events unless they are part of a longer-term strategy.
  • Research, except tightly focused on a specific issue.
  • Profit-making work.
  • Building purchase and improvements.
  • Work outside of the UK.

Eligible Expenditure
The funding is for charitable women’s organisations whose work fits under one or more of Rosa’s four pillars:

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

Rosa particularly welcomes applications from women’s organisations that:

  • Address the critical needs of women and girls that miss out the most, including:
    • Marginalised populations.
    • BME women.
    • LGBTQ+ women and girls.
    • Women and girls with disabilities.
    • Older women.
    • Homeless women.
    • Survivors of gender violence.
    • Women in prison and ex-offenders
    • Other underserved and disadvantaged groups of women.
    • Operate in less economically resilient towns, cities and rural areas within the UK.

If there is a high number of applications to this Fund, Rosa may prioritise applications from:

  • Organisations working with women and girls that have been disproportionally affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Smaller organisations that have less capacity to fundraise.
  • Organisations based outside of London (due to the London Community Response Fund already serving that area).
  • Both existing and new work can be funded. Eligible organisations can apply for unrestricted funding towards core costs but the application must directly relate to challenges emerging from the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

The grant can cover a wide range of costs, including but not limited to:

  • Costs that enable the organisation to meet the immediate needs of the women and girls it supports.
  • Costs that enable the organisation to meet the immediate needs of its staff and volunteers.
  • Costs that enable the organisation to adapt its work to continue to reach women and girls during this time.
  • Costs already incurred as direct result of the crisis will also be considered.
  • Costs to free up capacity to fundraise.
  • Costs that support the short-term survival of the organisation.
  • Costs that support the organisation to better connect with the sector or with wider stakeholders.
  • Core costs of the organisation (such as staff salaries, staff training, office costs and other general running costs).

Only one application per organisation is accepted.

How To Apply
Applications can be submitted at any time and are considered on a rolling basis.

Organisations will be notified of a decision on their application within approximately two weeks.

Guidance notes, a FAQ document and the online application form are available on the website of Rosa.

Useful Links
Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants)

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