Women’s Vote Centenary Grants Scheme - Small Grant Fund

Status: Open to Applications

Deadline: 18th May 2018


Grants are available to voluntary and community organisations, schools, colleges, and universities in England for local activities that mark the centenary of women gaining the right to vote. 


Maximum Value: £ 2,000
Minimum Value: £ 300

Value Notes

There will be three bidding rounds in 2018 with a total of around 150 grants of between £300 and £2,000 available.

Extended Description

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 Small Grant scheme is aimed at local groups and organisations to hold activities that mark the centenary in their community.

Latest Information

The deadline for applications to Round 2 is 18 May 2018 (23.59)

Key Criteria

Any voluntary or community organisation, school, college, and university can apply.
Voluntary and community organisations include:
  • Registered charities and other community organisations.
  • Social enterprises and other not for profit companies, such as community interest companies.
  • Community benefit societies and co-operative societies.
For Round 2 priority will be given to applications from under-represented regions from Round 1, specifically: Yorkshire & Humber; West Midlands; East Midlands; Eastern; South West and South East.

Eligible Expenditure

Activities for Round 2 must start by 31 August 2018.
The funding is for activities that will:
  • Increase people’s awareness of the women’s suffrage movement.
  • Improve people’s understanding of democracy in the UK, particularly young people.
  • Encourage and inspire participation in civic life.
To be eligible, activities should:
  • Take place in England.
  • Be either one-off or for a limited time only.
  • Bring people together face to face.
  • Reflect and celebrate the diversity found in the community and bring people together who might not usually interact.
There is particular interest in activities that involve or benefit people who are underrepresented in civic life, including women, young people, Black and minority ethnic (BME) people, people living with disabilities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people and people from lower socio-economic groups.


The following are not eligible for funding:
  • Activities where the Women’s Vote Centenary Grants Scheme is not the sole or only funder.
  • Statutory activities.
  • Campaigns and wholly comms-based activities.
  • Day to day running costs for your organisation (eg. rent, utilities and insurance costs).
  • Contingency costs.
  • Alcohol.
  • Existing activities and repeat or regular events.
  • Ongoing staff costs that are already being funded. Funding can pay for sessional staff to deliver short term activities and existing staff to carry out project related activities additional to their current role.
  • Applications that are solely for staff costs of any kind.
  • Activity outside of England.
  • Multiple bids from one organisation for activities that take place over a number of areas.
  • Activities that happen or incur expenditure before the grant funding is confirmed.
  • Fundraising activities.
  • Equipment or assets that have a lasting value beyond the activities being funded.
  • Activities that are chargeable (i.e. 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.

Application Procedure


There are three funding rounds:
  • Round 1 has now passed.
  • Round 2 applications will be accepted from 15 March 2018 to 18 May 2018.
  • Round 3 applications will be accepted from 12 July 2018 to 14 September 2018.
Guidance notes, frequently asked questions, and the online application form can be found on the Government Equalities Office website.

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

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on their website, here.
Contact details:
Albert House 
Quay Place 
92-93 Edward Street 
B1 2RA