Smallwood Trust’s new programme has a total of £1.5 million to fund approximately three networks over three years to achieve the programme goals of:

  • Working with networks of organisations united by geography to reduce gendered poverty in their area.
  • Building capacity within local communities to help the local women’s sector to create sustainable change.

Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisation (including registered charities and CICs) that is women only or has a track record in delivering services for women (aged 18+) facing multiple and complex disadvantage.

The funding is for networks in and around the following areas:

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • Liverpool / Merseyside
  • Manchester
  • Middlesbrough / Teesside
  • Newcastle
  • West Yorkshire (Bradford and Leeds)

It is expected that approximately three geographical place-based networks will be funded over three years. Each network can apply for up to £500,000 to be spent over three years.

The funding will be awarded to a lead organisation who be responsible for distributing the money to the rest of the network. This funding will pay for:

  • Core costs for each of the organisations involved (70%) eg, £350,000.
  • Support to coordinate the network (20%) eg, £100,000.
  • Any advisory support / organisational development / capacity building that might be needed (10%) eg, £50,000.

Groups that would like further information can attend a webinar to be held on 20 October (1pm to 2pm) or 3 November (10am to 11am).
There is a two-stage application process.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 10 December 2021.


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