BIG launches £45m Women and Girls Initiative


The overarching aim of this new funding is empowering women and girls to take control of their lives. Only women and girls organisations are eligible to apply.

BIG are defining a women and girls organisation as one whose primary purpose is to deliver services to women and/or girls. They also expect it to have a strong track record of delivering services to women and/or girls. They can either be organisations that focus on specific issues (for example, domestic and sexual violence or mental health) or run community-based services such as a women’s centre or youth group.

They will fund projects that can meet all four funding outcomes:

  1. increased provision of holistic, integrated, person-centred approaches for women and girls at risk
  2. increased involvement of women and girls in the design and delivery of the services they use
  3. a greater number of women and girls are supported through the provision of improved specialist support
  4. better quality of evidence for what works in empowering women and girls

Organisations will be able to apply for up to £750,000 for up to five years. The funding can be for some or all of the project costs. There is no restriction on the overall project cost. Most of the funding should be for revenue costs but some may be for overheads and capital costs.

BIG expect to be able to fund approximately 65 projects through this initiative.

The deadline for registering your interest in this initiative is 16 July. Following some discussion with organisations, some will be invited to application stage in October, with decisions expected March next year.

For further information and to register an interest, please go to BIG’s website