Gender and Sexual Orientation Partnership Small Grant Fund

Gender and Sexual Orientation Partnership Small Grant Fund


We are looking for applications for projects and activities aimed at improving the lives of Women, Girls and LGBT+ people in Nottingham. This small grant funding is part of the three year Nottingham City Council Communities of Identity funding stream to Nottingham Women’s Centre and partner organisations.


The grants will support small, grassroots, voluntary organisations (with a turnover of less than £10,000) that work with women and/or LGBT+ people to deliver projects and activities within the Nottingham City Council boundary around at least one of the following:

  1. Addressing Isolation in the LGBT+ community in Nottingham
  • Including support around specific LGBT+ health issues
  • Support around Hate Crime


2. Providing Safe Physical and Virtual Spaces for women and girls

  • Support communities through providing physical and/or online space, particularly women who face increased social isolation or multiple barriers to inclusion.


3. Empowering Women and girls

  • Around Hardship and Crisis – this means financial difficulties, or need for support and advice around practical day to day needs.
  • Through group or one to one support or training.
  • Around getting their voices and issues better heard and understood by decision makers.
  • Improving and addressing physical health and wellbeing needs for women and girls.


4. Providing activities to complement mainstream mental health provision

  • Specialist group or one to one counselling or activities to improve wellbeing.


How to Apply

To apply please contact Joanne on: [email protected] to register your interest, we will then arrange a pre-application meeting. Application forms and more detailed guidance will be provided at the pre-application meeting. Grants will be around £500 – £1000

The deadline for applications this Round is Friday 15 December.

As we plan to allocate these grants by the end of January we would like to encourage groups who are planning activities around International Women’s Day and LGBT+ History Month to get in touch with us.


Great news from Nicki, our Welfare Advisor

The last six months have been very busy at the Centre. I have been applying for lots of grants for a variety of things such as washing machines, bus passes, home starter packs, beds and clothing. I am delighted to announce a grand total of £12,119 has been awarded to women accessing the Help Through Crisis service. I have supported in total 28 women and their families. Some of the women have had several grants as they had multiple needs. A lot of them are accessing the Women’s Centre for the first time but quite a few are returners who did not have anywhere else they could go to for help to get the essential household items they need. These grants can be life changing; they help women and their families to remain independent, not get in to any further debt, to sustain their tenancies and improve the well-being of the whole household.

One of the women has said about her grant “Having a working cooker has helped my family to be able to eat proper nutritious food again, we can now sit for a hot meal together, it has brought us closer”. Another woman said “The washing machine has helped us so much I can now keep on top of the washing for the first time, the kids are now going to school with fresh uniforms every day so are a lot happier”.

The women I work with are all absolutely amazing and a privilege to work with. Often during sessions we agree that money and grants are not the answer to all of their challenges they face but a necessary platform from which to exercise the kind of autonomy and empowerment that many take for granted.


Help through Crisis is funded by the Big Lottery