As well as funding grants offered regionally by Girlguiding LaSER and nationally by Girlguiding HQ, there are often opportunities for units to apply for grant funding from third-party sources too. When we become aware of such opportunities we tend to share them on our social media channels, so keep an eye out!
Girlguiding Worthing Cissbury and Highdown divisions have had recent success in securing grants. Read about their experiences and how they did it here – then think about having a go yourself!
Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme
Back in January 2018, when it was cold and wet, Girlguiding Worthing Cissbury division Senior Section was made aware of the Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme via Girlguiding LaSER.
This scheme is a £1.5 million government fund to support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.
The grant scheme had two types of funds:
- Approximately 150 small grants of between £300 to £2,000 for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. There were three bidding rounds during 2018.
- Up to 30 large grants of between £2,000 and £125,000. These will fund projects to increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life. There were two bidding rounds during 2018.
The first bidding round had closed for the small grants, but the second round was set to open on 15 March 2018, so we decided to be ready when it did.
We reviewed the application form and had to decide what we, as a unit, wanted to do to celebrate Vote 100. We decided to ask for £1,480 to:
- Hold a Q&A session with our local MPs, female Worthing Borough councillors and female West Sussex councillors.
- Take a trip to London to see the Houses of Parliament, including Prime Minister’s Questions, and to do LaSER’s London Challenge pack.
- Hold a residential at Lodge Hill to celebrate Vote 100 and Parliament Week.
We submitted our application on Friday 16 March. On Friday 23 March, we were awarded our full grant of £1,480. We couldn’t quite believe it!
It’s now all systems go for us. Special thanks to The Ardington Hotel for hosting the Q&A session, and Tim Loughton MP for all his support.