Trustees and staff from the foundation

Projects that benefit women and girls in Lichfield and Burntwood could be boosted by a £54,000 funding pot.

The money has come from the so-called tampon tax – cash generated from VAT on sanitary products.

Trustees and staff from the foundation

It is being distributed by the Community Foundation for Staffordshire and will be used to support projects that make a difference to health, wellbeing, confidence and social activity, as well as addressing equality gaps.

Leanne Macpherson, grants officer at the foundation, said: “The Tampon Tax Community Fund aims to support women to overcome barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their potential.

“This programme aims to fund small-scale interventions, which will make a considerable difference to the lives and happiness of women and girls, by raising their aspirations and combating the influences that affect their confidence.

“We want to hear from schemes that can help build skills and confidence, for example, giving women the ability to apply for new jobs or return to the workplace.

“The scheme will fund items such as volunteer expenses, activity costs and project staff costs to deliver specific projects that will make a difference.”

Applications will close on 5th November. Individuals and groups can call on 01785 339540, email or visit for more details.

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