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The Women’s Urgent Support Fund is supported by over £5.4 million of funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, to respond to the cost-of-living crisis. Thanks to National Lottery players, £5.43 million will be awarded in grants to c.100 small, local community organisations led by and serving women, enabling 20,000 women to access vital specialist support services over five years.

This round aims to provide funding over 3 years for organisations delivering frontline services with an income of £1,000,000 or less that are led by, for and/or supporting women enabling them to respond to the spike in demand of priority basic needs from women who are most at risk of poverty, because of the cost-of-living-crisis.

The core objectives of the fund are:

  1. Frontline organisations led by and/or supporting women can respond to an identified increase in demand, brought on by the cost-of-living crisis
  2. Frontline organisations can meet the basic priority needs of women at most risk of poverty, because of the cost-of-living crisis
  3. Frontline organisations led by and/or supporting women will be strengthened during the cost-of-living crisis

The fund aims to support women most impacted by poverty and the cost-of-living crisis. As a result, we will be prioritising organisations and/or services supporting the following groups:

  • Women experiencing racial inequality
  • Disabled women
  • Women with No Recourse to Public Funds
  • Women that are the sole parent to children under 18 years
  • LGBTQ+ communities experiencing financial insecurity.

For more information and how to apply visit the Smallwood Trust Website but be quick applications close at 5pm on 21st June 2024.