Opening of Rosa’s new grants programme

Rosa’s Centrica Women’s Network Fund Rosa is proud to announce the launch of the Rosa Centrica Women’s Network Fund for projects providing interventions to women with low self esteem and fewer aspirations living in marginalised communities in the Thames Valley area (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire). Up to three grants of £10,000 will be made.

Funded projects will benefit their users by:

  • · empowering and enabling them to develop the confidence to shape their lives,
  • · helping them to identify and make the choices that will aid them in taking control of their lives;
  • · increasing their leadership opportunities within a range of formal and informal settings, and supporting them in stepping into these opportunities.

Over International Women’s Day in March 2014, members of the Centrica Women’s Network bravely undertook tackled a number of physically demanding challenges including cross country Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, building snow shelters and a night camping in a snowstorm in the Arctic Relay Challenge. They raised over £30,000 in the process to support Rosa and women’s organisations working in the Thames Valley area. CWN members will be involved in the grantmaking process and are offering their support to successful organisations via volunteering, networking and mentoring work, as well as the financial backing!

Examples of the types of grants to be considered are:

  • · Supporting vocational, business and life skills training programmes that equip women with the skills they need to earn their own income and make their own choices;
  • · Connecting with girls (aged 16-23) who have had to withdraw from their studies because of their economic background;
  • · Helping women from disadvantaged backgrounds to get into the employment market.

Rachel Callaghan, a member of the Centrica Women’s Network and Arctic Challenge participant said: “The members of the Centrica Women’s Network are all thrilled at the launch of the Rosa Centrica Women’s Network Fund. It is very exciting to be able to help with Rosa’s unique work, with this fund specifically supporting women and girls in the Thames Valley Area. Working with Rosa means we can be confident the sponsorship money we raise will go where it will have the greatest impact, helping women and girls to improve their life chances.”

The application process will open on Tuesday 6th May 2014 and will close to applications at 5pm on Monday 9th June 2014. Application forms and guidance notes will be available on Rosa’s website . For further details, please email