The government has announced the first large projects to be awarded funding to celebrate the centenary year of suffrage.
Over £600,000 of funding from the Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme has been awarded to eight standout projects. These include schemes that train women to become leaders in their communities, and events that celebrate the lives of prominent suffragettes.
The funding announced today is part of the Centenary Grant Scheme’s £1.1 million Large Grant Fund, which is available to large-scale schemes up to a value of £125,000 that aim to increase young people’s engagement with democracy and encourage more women to take part in public life.
The Feminist Archive; Essex Cultural Diversity Project; The British Federation of Film Societies; and the Young Women’s Trust are just some of the projects set to receive funding.
The grant scheme is part of a £5 million centenary fund created by the government to celebrate the centenary.
The Government Equalities Office is leading a programme of activities across three themes that celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage, educate young people about its significance, and encourage more women to participate in public life so that they have an equal voice in the decisions that affect them.
The rest of the funding will be spent on a statue of Millicent Fawcett – to become the first female statue of a woman in Parliament Square. Funding will also help initiatives to encourage more people to participate in politics and smaller-scale local events and activities in Centenary Cities, which are seven cities and towns in England with a strong suffrage history.
Speaking about the announcement, Victoria Atkins, Minister for Women, said, “It is vital that we honour the legacy of the brave and determined women who fought for the equal rights of women and men, and have paved the way for the freedoms we enjoy today.”
I am delighted to be awarding funding to these innovative, exciting projects that will inspire women and young people from all over the country, and follow national celebratory activity that has already begun under the small grant scheme.”
“I am determined that this government will continue to open up modern politics and build a diverse political system that reflects the nation it serves.”