Women’s Vote Centenary Grants Scheme - Large Grant Fund

Status: Open to applications
Application Deadline: 17 May 2018

Description

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations for projects in England that increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life.


Detail Notes 

Fund Value: £ 500,000

Maximum Value: £ 65,000

Minimum Value: £ 2,000


Value Notes

The total funding for the second and final round is about £500,000.

Large Grants of between £2,000 and £65,000 are being made available.


Extended Desciption

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is a £1.5 million fund that has been set up by the Government to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. (The Representation of the People Act in 1918 extended the vote to women for the first time in the UK.)

The Fund has been divided into a large grant scheme and a small grant scheme, each of which has separate application forms and guidance notes.

The large grant fund is intended to support the overall objectives for the centenary, which are:

  • CELEBRATE, INSPIRE and REMEMBER: to increase national awareness and mark 100 years since women got the right to vote. (This objective was only for Round 1.)
  • EDUCATE: to increase young people’s knowledge of UK democracy and its importance, and increase their democratic participation.
  • PARTICIPATE: to aspire to achieve gender parity in local and national politics by the centenary of the Equal Franchise Act by 2028

The large grant fund has been established to create a lasting legacy for the centenary by supporting work that is important, engaging and genuinely standout. Projects must have regional or national (England) significance and have an impact beyond the project duration.

Projects should have capability, capacity, reach and networks and they need to meet either or both the EDUCATE and PARTICIPATE objectives, and may optionally meet the CELEBRATE objective as well.

Ecorys is administering the fund on behalf of the Government.


Latest Informaiton

The deadline for the second and final round is 17 May 2018 (23.59). Please note that round 2 applications are for projects that meet either or both the EDUCATE or PARTICIPATE objectives. The projects must start by 16 July and finish by 31 December 2018.


Key Criteria     

Not-for-profit organisations based and operating in England with a bank account in the organisation's name with at least two unrelated signatories can apply.

Eligible applicants are:

  • Voluntary and community organisations.
    • Registered charities and voluntary organisations.
    • Social enterprises and other not for profit companies or ventures
    • Community benefit societies and co-operative societies.
  • Colleges and universities.
  • Trade unions that meet the statutory definition of a trade union.

Museums, galleries and cultural organisations are encouraged to apply.

Partnerships or consortia also may apply for funding.

Although local authorities may not apply directly for funding, they are encouraged to be part of partnership or consortia bids.

Please note the following:

  • Organisations that have received funding from the Centenary Cities Fund will not be able to apply for funding.
  • Projects in the seven Centenary Cities areas (Bolton, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester and Nottingham) are unlikely to receive funding unless they are distinct from and/or add significant value to what has already been funded.
  • It is ‘very unlikely’ that funding will be awarded to projects offering similar activities in the same location(s) as those funded in Round 1 of the Large Grant Fund. A list of the eight funded projects can be found on the Government Equalities Office website.

Eligible Expenditure

Projects for Round 2 must:

  • Meet either or both the EDUCATE or PARTICIPATE objectives. (It is expected that only one objective will be met.)
  • Start by 16 July and finish by 31 December 2018.

EDUCATE projects must be aimed at young people aged 16-30, particularly young women and those who are particularly disengaged from politics and civic life, which may include young people from lower socio-economic groups, young people who are BAME, LGBT and/or living with disabilities.

PARTICIPATE projects must be aimed at women aged 16 and over. Projects are expected to work with those women who are particularly disengaged from politics and civic life, which may include women from lower socio-economic groups, women who are BAME, LGBT and/or living with disabilities.


Restrictions

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Organisations that have received funding from the Centenary Cities fund.
  • Grant recipients from the first round of this fund.
  • Schools.
  • Statutory activities.
  • Alcohol.
  • Applications that are solely for staff costs of any kind.
  • Activity outside of England.
  • Activities that happen or incur expenditure before grant funding is confirmed.
  • Fundraising activities for any organisation.
  • Campaigns and wholly comms-based activities.
  • Contingency costs, loans, endowments or interest.
  • Equipment or assets that have a lasting value beyond the activities being funded through this scheme.
  • Activities that are chargeable (ie, tickets) unless that is reinvested in the activities.Recoverable VAT.
  • Research
  • Political activity - activity that promotes the cause or beliefs of a political party.
  • Religious activity - activity that propagates a particular religion. However, community work undertaken by religious organisations will be considered. Applications for activity open to all from such organisations are eligible.

Application Procedure

Guidance notes, frequently asked questions, and the online application forms can be found on the Government Equalities Office website.

Applicants should first read the guidelines and the FAQs before beginning the application process.

There are two application routes dependent on the amount being requested:

  • An application form for grants between£2,000 and £20,000
  • An application form for grants between £20,001 and £65,000.

Addresses and Contacts

Application forms can be found on their website.

 
Contact details:
Enquiries
ECORYS UK 
Albert House 
Quay Place 
92-93 Edward Street 
Birmingham 
B1 2RA
Email:
womensvotecentenaryfund@ecorys.com