YWT awarded government funding from Women's Suffrage Centenary Grant

Wednesday 11 April 2018

Young Women’s Trust awarded government funding for new project to celebrate centenary year of suffrage

The Young Women’s Trust is among eight organisations awarded Government funding from Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant scheme today. 

The trust has been awarded £58,000 to deliver projects across the country, including training days for women to build practical skills and confidence. 

The funding announced today is part of the Centenary Grant Scheme’s £1.1million 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. 

In total over £600,000 has been awarded to eight stand-out schemes, including projects that train women to become leaders in their communities, and events that celebrate the lives of prominent Suffragettes. 

Minister for Women Victoria Atkins 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 The Young Women’s Trust today and am determined that this Government will continue to open up modern politics and build a diverse political system that reflects the nation it serves.”

Young Women’s Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said:

 “We are delighted that, on the anniversary of women’s suffrage, we have been awarded this funding to help ensure young women’s voices are heard.

 “The money will help Young Women’s Trust to deliver training to young women across the country to build their confidence and enable them to share their views.

 “A hundred years on from gaining the vote, women remain under-represented in decision-making. Our work is shaped by young women for young women and we are excited to be able to offer our training opportunities to more people and move closer to achieving equality for women.”  

The grant scheme is part of a £5million centenary fund created by the Government to celebrate the centenary and to open up public life to more people. 

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 the first ever statue of a woman in Parliament Square – Millicent Fawcett, initiatives to encourage more people to participate in politics, smaller-scale local events and activities in Centenary Cities, which are seven cities and towns in England with a strong suffrage history.  


1.     For more information please contact the Home Office Press Office on 0207 035 3535. 

2.     Young Women’s Trust is the operating name of YWCA England & Wales. 

3.      Applications for the second round of funding of £500,000 from the Large Grants Scheme will open in late April. 

4.     More detail on the Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme and how to apply, as well as information on the history of suffrage and events taking place to celebrate the centenary, can be found on new Celebrating Votes for Women web page. 

5.    The seven Centenary Cities are Bolton, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, and Nottingham. 

6.    On 6 February 1918 the Representation of the People Act allowed some women to vote for the first time, provided they were over the age of 30 and met a property qualification. The Act also gave the vote to all men over the age of 21. Universal suffrage came into effect ten years later when the 1928 Equal Franchise Act gave all women over 21 the same right to vote as men.