VAWG Grassroots Fund

The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime’s (MOPAC) £3m Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Grassroots Fund is due to launch in March 2020. There have been some delays to the fund opening and in light of the current public health situation we are currently reviewing the best time to launch in order to best meet the needs of the grassroots VAWG sector.

As a consequence of any changes there will be a longer window to submit applications. Applicant support will still be provided through a range of remote methods, such as online group webinars, one to one telephone surgeries and live twitter Q&As.

Last updated: 5pm on the 18th March 2020

The London Community Foundation (LCF) is pleased to launch the Mayor’s Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Grassroots Fund. This £3m fund will support existing VAWG-specialist grassroots organisations operating across London’s diverse communities.

What's available

The aim of the fund is to support the resilience of grassroots organisations who focus on ending VAWG by providing two-year grants of up to £100,000 and a programme of capacity building, peer support and networking events.

Grassroots organisations are often the first (and sometimes the only) support contact for many survivors of VAWG, particularly those from BME communities and women and girls who face multiple disadvantage. 

LCF is managing the programme in partnership with The Social Innovation Partnership (TSIP) and MOPAC. The Fund is part of MOPAC's wider VAWG strategy, which you can read more about here.

Applicant Support workshops will be held virtually via webinars and telephone. Details  of how to sign up will be announced soon.

Who can apply

80% of funding will be prioritised for grassroots, specialist by and for organisations for which:

  • Ending VAWG is their organisation’s priority
  • Provide services for BME women
  • Can demonstrate they are led by BME women

20% will be for specialist grassroots community organisations who provide ending VAWG services for other minoritised groups such as disabled women, LBTQ+ women, and women with No Recourse to Public Funds.

To check your eligibility and request a full application form please complete this short survey (which will be available once the Fund launches).