Winner teams up with the WISH Fund to offer grants and access to investment opportunities

We have been working with Big Society Capital and a range of grant funders, including most recently the Clothworkers Foundation to support women’s sector organisations across the UK to become more financially and operationally sustainable.

If you are interested in a grant to help you explore or implement the establishment of a property portfolio housing women and children fleeing violence and abuse, then this grant fund could be for you

Based on our successful model of dispersed accommodation across Hull and research undertaken in 2018 by Big Society Capital, an investment fund of more than £15million has been created to purchase properties in communities across the country which will be leased to feminist women’s sector organisations to support them in their work helping women and children recover from the trauma of violence and abuse.

Alongside this investment fund, the Clothworkers Foundation has provided grant monies, managed by Winner, to support the local organisations to explore the feasibility of managing their own leased properties and help them to implement their schemes – this grant can fund consultancy support from Winner and “on the ground” capacity for WSOs to take forward their plans.

Our grants panel has adopted a feminist funding approach guided by a set of principles aimed at promoting a gendered approach to grant making. The panel comprises members from Big Society Capital, The Clothworkers Foundation, The Social Investment Consultancy, Winner and the Women’s Aid Foundation as well as an independent member with experience in grant making

This innovative approach is trialling gender-lens investing in the social investment world and aims to get much needed resource to grass roots organisations relying on traditional grants and contracts and enable them to move towards a more sustainable operational and financial position

If you would like to know more, please e-mail