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Big Lottery Fund launches £48.5m grant fund for women’s charities

The Big Lottery Fund has today announced that it will be investing £48.5m in both existing and new voluntary sector initiatives to help women and girls at risk of sexual or domestic abuse.

BIG’s Women and Girls Initiative is offering funding grants of anywhere between £150,000 and £750,000 over five years to charities “whose primary purpose is to deliver services for women and girls” on specific issues such as “domestic and sexual violence or mental health”.

According to a statement on BIG’s website, the fund will also consider making “two or three large scale investments” over the £750,000 grant cap. BIG expects to fund 65 programmes with this initiative.

BIG have said that it has had “feedback from the sector” which suggests that voluntary organisations which focus on women has been “suffering from reduced investment in recent years due to austerity cuts”.

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