Covid-19 response funding for specialist women’s organisations


Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund will provide grants of up to £10,000 for specialist women’s organisations across the UK.

“We think it is vitally important that this is an open call for UK women’s organisations to apply for what they identify as a short term funding need that has arisen as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. We will support charitable women’s organisations whose work fits under one or more of Rosa’s four pillars (leadership and representation, safety, health and wellbeing and economic justice).

Rosa particularly welcomes proposals from women’s organisations that:

  • Address the critical needs of women and girls that miss out the most, including: marginalised populations, BME women, LGBTQ+ women and girls, women and girls with disabilities, older women, homeless women, survivors of gender violence, women in prison and ex-offenders, and other underserved and disadvantaged groups of women.
  • Operate in less economically resilient towns, cities and rural areas within the UK.

Some examples of the costs they will cover:

  • Meeting the immediate needs of the women and girls you support.
  • Meeting the immediate needs of your staff and volunteers.
  • Adapting your work to continue to reach women and girls during this time.
  • Costs to free up capacity to fundraise.
  • Supporting the short term survival of your organisation.
  • Supporting your organisation to better connect with the sector or with wider stakeholders.
  • Costs already incurred as a direct result of the Covid-19 crisis will also be considered.

This is by no means an exhaustive list and they are open to hearing what your short term funding needs are.

We know that you need a broad range of support, we know that fundraising is a huge worry, we know that support for your staff/volunteers and the women you support is at the top of your priority list. We know that you are worried about the situation now and in the future and we know that you have been working hard to adapt. We also understand many of you are trying to increase the level of support you provide to respond to increased demand.”

What They Fund

Area: The UK. In particular less economically resilient towns, cities and rural areas

Suitable for: Not-for-profit organisations run by, for and with women

Funding size: £1,000-£10,000 for up to six months

Application deadline: There is no deadline, applications will be considered on a rolling basis from 5pm on Friday 5th June

Read more about this funding opportunity.

About the Author:

Keir is a project officer based in Semble's Bristol office. Most of his time is spent on two of our movement campaigns, Outdoor Classroom Day and Backyard Nature. One of Keir’s main interests is food equality and outside of Semble he runs a small community food waste project.