The Scottish Government Vote Centenary Grant Scheme now open

News story posted: 20/04/2018

The Representation of the People Act 1918 extended the vote to some women in the United Kingdom for the first time. In the same year, the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act allowed women to stand for election to become a Member of Parliament.


The Vote Centenary Small Grant Scheme, to support activities to celebrate the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918, is now open for applications – deadline is 5pm, Friday 11 May 2018.

This fund, of up to £170,000 has been made available for local and community based projects to celebrate the centenary of some women getting the vote.


The centenary is an opportunity for all of us to remember and pay tribute to the individual women whose actions through the suffrage movement and to the war effort in 1914-18, eventually made Parliament take heed and grant at least some women the vote. It would, of course, take another 10 years and the passing of the Equal Franchise Act 1928 for women to be granted the vote on same terms as men.


Funding announced by the Scottish Government will be used both to celebrate and commemorate the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918 and to look forward to the future and how we can best support women’s political participation here and now.


The scheme will support activity which celebrates and commemorates the centenary with grants of between £500 and £5000.


Who can apply?

Any individual, voluntary or community organisation (including community councils), local authority, school college or university.


Voluntary or community organisations include: charities and other community organisations, social enterprises and other not-for-profit companies such as community interest companies, community benefit societies and co-operative societies.


For full guidance and to download the application form please visit: http://onescotland.org/equality-themes/gender/suffrage-centenary


If you require the application form and/or guidance in an alternative format please contact CentenaryofWomensSuffrage@gov.scot or 0131 244 7977.

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