Rosa is a grant making charity that funds grassroots women’s organisations to help to make the UK a fairer, safer place for women. Their latest research report Mapping the UK Women and Girls Sector and its Funding: Where Does the Money Go?, reveals that the women and girls sector in the UK is not getting the investment it needs or deserves.
The study, conducted by The Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University, was commissioned by Rosa, the National Lottery Community Fund and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
This research is the first of its kind, and maps where the funding is going into the women and girls sector. The research shows that in 2021, a total of £4.1 billion worth of grants was awarded to charities, but the women and girls sector received just 1.8% of these.
It is disappointing and worrying to see so little resource going to groups that are led by women and girls themselves and that specialise in this vital work.