The government’s (DCMS) Tampon Tax fund has launched the Best Friend Fund for projects addressing toxic relationships experienced by young people.
Schools, community health services and voluntary sector organisations can apply for grants up to £25K to fund projects that help empower young girls, women and non-binary people to identify and stop domestic abuse in their intimate relationships.
Approximately 40 small grants of between £1K and £10K and up to 8 large grants of between £10K and £25K are available to support projects that increase understanding about healthy and toxic relationships and give young people the knowledge and confidence to keep their friends safe too. Examples of eligible activities include:
- TikToks which give practical information, tips and skits showing the challenges faced by LBT+ people in their relationships.
- A commercial video that provides information on relationships, red and green flags and tips and advice for organisations that work with teenagers.
- An Instagram campaign with quotes about what a good relationship looks like.
- A simple series of posters that have QR codes that can be scanned to receive relationship advice and guidance.
- A Time to Step In Navigator which gives yes/no questions to help young people decide when they need to step in to help a friend.
- A podcast of young people in conversation about how to help friends see problems in their relationships.
There are two deadlines of Large Grants : 18th February 2022 (assessed at panel meeting w/c 7th March 2022) and 20th May 2022 (assessed at panel meeting w/c 6th June 2022).
Applications for Small Grants are accepted on a rolling basis and will be assessed at the next available panel meeting.
Full details and online application: www.yourbestfriend.org.uk/fund