Reports show on average, women have less income, access to resources, assets and financial independence than men. By funding organisations where women can learn new skills, it will give them the ability and certainty to return to the workplace and apply for new jobs. World Health Organization research showed that girls had consistently lower confidence than boys. By building confidence from a young age it will allow girls to grow up challenging social norms and believing they can achieve their goals. Building girls and women’s confidence will allow them to move forward with their lives in all areas to reach their full potential.
Thanks to a £600K grant from the UK Government’s Tampon Tax, The Women’s Fund for Scotland is inviting applications to a new grant making programme for organisations who are working to empower women and girls to reach their full potential.
The new programme will offer two levels of funding; small grants of between £500 and £2000 and larger grants of up to £30,000 over a 3 year period.
The income cap of £250,000 has also been removed to allow community groups and charities of any size to apply.
Applications must meet at least one of four investment themes; Building skills and confidence, improving health and well-being; building social networks and moving on from violence.
This is a huge opportunity for us to extend our reach and fund even more community groups working with women and girls across Scotland. We hope the significant increase in funding will lead to a growth in the number and range of applications.
We are keen to identify community based groups who haven’t applied before as well as continuing to support organisations we know are having a major impact in addressing the many challenges facing women today. By removing the £250K income cap we also hope to attract more applications from larger organisations doing amazing work within their communities
The deadline for the first round of applications is 28th June.
One in five women experiences domestic abuse. On average, a domestic incident is reported somewhere in Scotland every nine minutes. (2014) Different forms of domestic abuse which include physical, psychological and financial have their roots in gender inequality and in the different power relations between men and women in society. Experiencing domestic abuse can make a woman lose all her confidence and self-esteem. They can become very isolated and find it hard to get back into society. By supporting organisations that support moving on from violence, it helps women deal with their feelings and move forward.
Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from anxiety, one in four women will require treatment for depression and women spend more time experiencing ill-health then men (18.8 years). In Scotland, a woman who lives in a less deprived area can live up to 7.5 years longer than a woman who comes from a most deprived area. Improving a women’s health and general well being will make them to feel better about themselves which increases energy and concentration which will reflect in their professional and social lives.
By bringing girls and women together creates support systems which are essential to help them cope. Building social networks also ties in with improving well-being and moving on from violence. 95 percent of single parents are mothers. Having a social network for women to turn to can make them feel less lonely. Also, having others who are going through or been through similar experiences is valuable in recovery.