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Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is a £1.5 million government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.

The grant scheme has two types of funds:

  1. Approximately 150 Small Grants of between £300 to £2,000 for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. There will be three bidding rounds during 2018.
  2. Up to 30 Large Grants of between £2,000 and £125,000. These will fund projects that increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life. There will be two bidding rounds during 2018.

Both funds are open to organisations and activity in England only.

Who can apply for a grant?

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is open to voluntary and community organisations, schools, colleges, universities and Town and Parish councils. Voluntary and community organisation is a common term that encompasses a number of different organisation types that have in common that they have a social purpose, and are not run for financial gain.

We want communities to decide for themselves how they mark the centenary, so we have deliberately not set out a list of ‘allowed’ activities. We encourage you to be creative and take this as an opportunity to do something different.

Fund Deadlines

Small Grants –

Round Opens Closes Latest Start Date
Round 2 15th Mar 2018 18th May 2018 31st Aug 2018
Round 3 12th Jul 2018 14th Sep 2018 15th Dec 2018


Large Grants – for projects between £2,000 and £65,000, is now closed.

Please note: Basingstoke Voluntary Action work closely with the local community to raise awareness of grants and also assist with advice and guidance on applications etc. If you apply for this or any other grant, please let us know via email to enable us to understand what is being applied for. Also, if you are in fact successful in receipt of any grant please let us know to enable reporting of such funding locally.


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