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to enable activities to mark the women’s vote centenary in your community.


Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations for projects in England that increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life.

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is a £1.5 million fund that has been set up by the Government to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. (The Representation of the People Act in 1918 extended the vote to women for the first time in the UK.)

The Fund has been divided into a large grant scheme and a small grant scheme, each of which has separate application forms and guidance notes.

The large grant fund is intended to support the overall objectives for the centenary, which are:

CELEBRATE, INSPIRE and REMEMBER: to increase national awareness and mark 100 years since women got the right to vote. (This objective was only for Round 1.)

EDUCATE: to increase young people’s knowledge of UK democracy and its importance, and increase their democratic participation.

PARTICIPATE: to aspire to achieve gender parity in local and national politics by the centenary of the Equal Franchise Act by 2028.

The large grant fund has been established to create a lasting legacy for the centenary by supporting work that is important, engaging and genuinely standout. Projects must have regional or national (England) significance and have an impact beyond the project duration.

Projects should have capability, capacity, reach and networks and they need to meet either or both the EDUCATE and PARTICIPATE objectives, and may optionally meet the CELEBRATE objective as well.

Ecorys is administering the fund on behalf of the Government. Full details at


Application Deadline:  17 May 2018