The Empowering Women Fund


Many women’s lives are complex, and they often have tangled paths through systems, structures and communities to access the support needed to live safe, independent lives. Research into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that women are facing the additional burden of unemployment, childcare and economic distress. UN Women acknowledged that ‘the pandemic is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems which are in turn amplifying the impacts of the pandemic.’ (UN Women, 2020).

Women have always joined together to support each other through difficult times and hardship. Sometimes to provide practical help, other times to give space to reflect and grow, and often to just pursue common interests and companionship

The Empowering Women Fund, part of the Labyrinth Project, is a Tampon Tax funded grant scheme, led by Solace. It will provide funding to support small women’s groups and organisations to develop innovative ways of empowering women in their local area and build the capacity of small organisations. The fund is divided into two strands and grants can run for up to 12 months.

We are committed to equal access to opportunity and believe all women should have the opportunity to benefit from the available funding, regardless of age, class, disability, ethnicity, faith, income or sexuality.  We particularly welcome applications from marginalised communities. 

Organisations can apply for:

Seed funding grants (£500-£1,000)
Available to small women’s groups to establish and run micro women’s empowerment projects in their local area that support women to build skills and confidence, and decrease social isolation. 

Women’s Sector grants (£1,000-£25,000)
Available for women’s groups and organisations to develop capacity to respond to changing needs in their communities and run projects over a fixed duration of at least 6 months. 

Round one of the Empowering Women Fund is now closed. Information about round two will be available soon.

How to Apply 

Please read the guidance and FAQs documents below thoroughly before applying:

Read Empowering Women Fund - FAQs

Read Empowering Women Fund - Guidance Document

Downloadable word versions of the application forms for reference only. Please apply online by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.

Seed Funding Grants Form - Word Version

Women’s Sector Grants Form - Word Version

Recordings of webinars run by the team on how to apply are now available to watch:

How to Apply Webinar - Seed Funding

How to Apply Webinar - Women's Sector Grants

How to Apply Webinar - Women's Sector Grants - British Sign Language interpretation

If you require any additional support, the team will help you to develop and submit your application, please email [email protected] to arrange a phone call. We can also provide the application in a different format, please email us at the same address to request.

Round one of the Empowering Women Fund is now closed. Information about round two will be available soon.