Women’s Vote Centenary Grants Scheme


UK Government Equalities Office (GEO)

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grants Scheme celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act in 1918; the Act extended the vote to women for the first time in the United Kingdom. The scheme, worth £1,500,000, is managed by Ecorys on behalf of the Government Equalities Office (GEO).

We worked with GEO to produce the framework for applications within the following three objectives:

  • Educate - To increase young people’s knowledge of UK democracy and its importance, and increase their democratic participation.
  • Participate - To aspire to achieve gender parity in local and national politics by the centenary of the Equal Franchise Act by 2028
  • Celebrate - To increase national awareness and mark 100 years since women got the right to vote.

We were awarded the contract in November 2017 and launched the scheme in early December 2017 to ensure there was sufficient time to approve grants in line with the date of the centenary of the Act on 5 February 2018.

There were two types of funding available, small grants (worth £300-£2000) and large grants (worth £2,000 - £125,000). Eligible applicants included voluntary and community organisations and educational institutions. The scheme aimed to award grants across England to ensure a good spread across all regions.

Our key responsibilities included promoting the scheme, managing the application, assessment and grant award processes, project support and monitoring, making payments and reporting and evaluation.