Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme – Final Round of Small Grants Closes 16 October 2018

Third and final round of funding available through the Small Grants Fund – Closes to applications 16 October 2018

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme (WVCGS) 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.

Small Grants Fund

You can apply for a grant of between £300 and £2,000 for activities to mark the centenary in your community. Small Grants are available for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. There have previously been two bidding rounds in 2018, this is now the third and final bidding round. The fund is open to organisations and activity in England only.

Round 3 of Small Grants Fund is NOW OPEN and the closing date is 23:59 Tuesday 16 October 2018. This will be the last opportunity to apply for grant funds under this scheme.

Funding available – grants of up to £2,000

You can apply for a grant of between £300 and £2,000 for activities to mark the centenary in your community.

We are looking to fund as many projects as possible in this round, hence we ask you to consider your budget carefully when applying.


All projects must meet the overall celebrate objective of the Small Grant Fund:

  • Celebrate, Inspire and Remember: to increase national awareness and mark 100 years since women got the right to vote. We will therefore fund activities which:
    • Celebrate key centenary milestones (see below).
    • Increase people’s awareness of the women’s suffrage movement
    • Improve people’s understanding of democracy in the UK, particularly young people
    • Encourage and inspire participation in civic life.


Your application must meet the celebrate objective of the Small Grant Fund (see above). We will also prioritise applications holding an event or activity connected to and on or around these key centenary milestones:

  • The Parliament (Qualification of Women Act) 1918 which gave women over 21 the right to stand for election as a Member of Parliament (MP) on 21 November 1918.
  • Women voted in a general election for the first time on 14 December 1918 with 8.5 million women eligible.

For Round 3 we want to especially welcome applications from under-represented regions from Rounds 1 and 2, specifically: East Midlands; East of England and South East. However, this does not preclude projects from other regions from applying, and we expect to fund projects from across England.

How to apply

Round 3 of the Small Grant Fund is open for applications from Tuesday 4 September 2018 and the deadline to submit your application is 23:59 on Tuesday 16 October 2018.  All projects must be ready to start by Saturday 15 December and be completed no later than Monday 31 December 2018.

We aim to let you know the outcome within four weeks of submitting your application.  Please make sure you apply in sufficient time before your planned start date.

You should carefully read the Guidance, Frequently Asked Questions and the model application form available on our website at www.womensvotecentenaryfund.co.uk before you complete your online application.  All applications must be submitted online . A model application form can be downloaded from the website that will help you identify the information you will need to provide.  Please note that you must use the online portal to submit your application

Any further questions?

Further information is available on our website www.womensvotecentenaryfund.co.uk.  If you have any further questions, please do get in touch with us at womensvotecentenaryfund@ecorys.com.

Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme Team
E: womensvotecentenaryfund@ecorys.com
W: www.womensvotecentenaryfund.co.uk/


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