Gender and Sexual Orientation Partnership

What is Gender and Sexual Orientation Partnership project about?

Nottingham Women’s Centre is funded by Nottingham City Council to lead a local consortium of organisations delivering services to women and LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) communities. This work takes two forms – our own provision of core support services to women, and the provision of funding and support to other women’s organisations and those working with LGBT communities. The funding enables us to keep our ‘open door’ at the Centre, to maintain a regular programme of training courses, advice and support for volunteering.

We are proud to report that through our work and the work of our partners, last year (2018-2019) CoI has enabled us to provide the following:

  • Over 1600 LGBT+ people receiving direct support. With over 10 thousand accessing virtual space online.
  • 1500 women accessing specialist (Women only) space
  • 112 women receiving counselling – specialist and general
  • 1079 women accessing 121 support around hardship and crisis. With 109 women supported to access grants
  • 489 women taking part in group sessions
  • 99 women supported into volunteering
  • Women’s and LGBT+ people issues represented at 35 forums
  • 9 forums held for women’s groups and issues with 45 different organisations attending, including the Women’s Organisations Network established and co-ordinated by Nottingham Women’s Centre
  • 14 women’s and LGBT+ organisations supported to access grants

Attention all small organisations that work with women, girls and LGBT+ communities

As part of our CoI work, we are able to offer small grants to organisations that work with women, girls or LGBT+ communities.

The next round of funding is now open! 

What do we fund?

This Small Grants Programme will support small, grass roots organisations that work with women or LGBT+ people to deliver projects and activities around at least one of the following:

1.  Addressing Isolation in the LGBT+ community in Nottingham
Including supporting existing work to promote healthy relationships.

2.  Providing Safe Physical and Virtual Spaces for women
Support communities through providing physical and/or online space, particularly women who face increased social isolation or multiple barriers to inclusion.

3.  Empowering Women
To offer support in times of crisis, hardship and poverty – this means financial difficulties, or need for support and advice around practical day to day needs.
To give these communities a strong voice within mainstream services, partners and organisations. To offer support in times of crisis, hardship and poverty.

4. Support for Women’s Voices
Enabling women to challenge cultural stereotypes, championing Nottingham as a zero tolerance city for misogyny and female genital mutilation.

Application process

To apply please contact Joanne on: [email protected] we will then discuss your project and talk through the application form. Please do get in touch with us if you would like to chat through whether this grant is suitable for you, we are more than happy to help you with this process and discuss ways we can work together.

Application forms and more detailed guidance will be provided at our meeting. Grants will be around £500 – £750.

The deadline for applications this round is 5pm on Wednesday January 15th 2020

Additionally for this round we will be accepting applications of up to £400 for events for LGBT+ History month and International Women’s Day.


Some of the organisations that have received small grants in the past include:

  • Capoeira Nottingham  – Women and child Capoeira classes at Nottingham Women’s Centre
  • Nottingham Chameleons – Trans  people Meeting Group
  • Kaffeequeeria – Activities for LGBT people around LGBT+ History Month
  • Luna – Sessions for Young women on menstruation
  • Trans Space Notts – regular meet ups and sessions for trans people and their supporters
  • TRANS4ME – Activities for TRANS young people
  • Back in My Day – Engaging young LGBT people in an oral history project
  • Badminton Social – LGBT+ Badminton Group
  • New Rose Associates – Workshops with Girls around empowerment
  • AuROARa – Theatre and empowerment for women
  • Kairos – activities and support for lesbian asylum seekers
  • An Nisa – Coffee Mornings for women
  • Box Smart – Wellbeing Programme and boxing classes for women