£1.2 million boost from tampon tax fund will help us fight gender-based violence

Fighting gender based violence
Comic Relief has been fighting gender based violence from the start.

Comic Relief  has received a further £1.29 million from the Tampon Tax Fund for our work to help stop violence against women and girls.

We will invest this money, plus a further £275,000 from Comic Relief, in organisations delivering projects across the UK working to end violence against women and girls who face multiple disadvantage.

About 1-in-20 women has experienced extensive physical and sexual violence and abuse in their lifetimes.

  • Over half of these women have a common mental health condition
  • 1 in 5 have experienced homelessness
  • 1 in 3 have an alcohol problem 


In 2016, £3 million of funding from the Tampon Tax Fund, plus a further £1 million from Comic Relief, enabled us to invest in ground-breaking and urgently needed funding for women and girls facing challenges and finding solutions. 

And in 2017, Comic Relief was awarded a second grant from the Tampon Tax Fund and, working in partnership with DCMS, Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government, launched a new fund to tackle violence against women and girls across the UK.

Sue Wicks, Comic Relief’s Head of Investments, said: “The funding we’ve received so far has allowed Comic Relief to work with organisations delivering pioneering work in pursuit of gender justice, supporting hundreds of women and girls to challenge power imbalances and reclaim agency to live safe and fulfilling lives. 

We’re looking forward to supporting our partners to build on their success in tackling this critical issue.”

Information on how to apply for this funding will be available on our website as soon as further details have been confirmed.