UK government announce campaign to end period poverty globally by 2030

Ahead of International Women’s Day, Minister for Women and Equalities and Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt,* today (4 March) announced a new UK government campaign to end period poverty globally by 2030.

In many developing countries, it is estimated that half of all women and girls are forced to use rags, grass and paper to manage their periods. A lack of access to products, and the stigma and taboo that still surrounds periods, can force them to miss school or work, or even to live in isolated huts during their periods each month. In the UK, Girl Guiding UK found that 26% of girls aged 11-21 feel embarrassed talking to people about their period, and 21% had been made to feel ashamed or embarrassed about their period.

Ms Mordaunt’s new campaign pledges up to £2 million in UK aid support, through the Department of International Development (DFID) to help organisations which are already working to stamp out period poverty around the world

The current UK Aid Direct funding round, offering Community Partnership and Impact grants welcomes applications addressing any of the Global Goals. A portion of available funding is already reserved for projects addressing urban poverty, and following Penny Mordaunt’s announcement, projects working to support an end to period poverty globally will also be especially welcome.

Find out if your organisation is eligible to apply by visiting the Community Partnership and Impact sections of the website.


*Please note: This is an old article. The current Secretary of State for International Development is Rory Stewart.

General funding round now open

For all those interested in applying for a Community Partnership or Impact grant, the application portal has now opened.

This can be accessed through the red button at the top right-hand side of our website showing the words ‘apply now’.

We recommend you watch the short film on completing the eligibility check and concept note online before starting.

We also urge applicants to view all the guidance documents located within the individual grant areas.

A good place to start would be to view the guidance webinar recording (on YouTube) and presentation from Tuesday 26 February (especially if you were unable to attend).

The deadline for submitting your application is Wednesday 17 April at 17:00 (BST) and we recommend allowing plenty of time to complete it.

If you have any questions which are not answered on the website, please refer to our Contact us page.

Good luck with your applications!

Guidance for new UK Aid Direct funding round

A new  UK Aid Direct funding round was announced on 18 January with both Community Partnership and Impact grant opportunities. The guidance has now been updated on our website and can be found in the links above.

A webinar providing additional guidance will be held on Tuesday 26 February and registration is required in advance. Existing grant holders Send a Cow and AbleChildAfrica will be joining Fund Director Karen Stephenson to share their experiences of submitting an application.  A recording of the webinar will be available to download after the event.

The application portal will open on Monday 4 March and the deadline for submissions will be Wednesday 17 April.

Do refer to the guidance and FAQs for each grant type if you have any queries or contact

A leaflet can be downloaded from this website also.