Is Your WI Celebrating the Suffrage Centenary?

If you are, you may be interested to know that the Government is offering community groups (like WIs) in England the chance to bid for small grants of between £300 and £2,000 for activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote.

The Representation of the People Act in 1918 extended the vote to women for the first
time in the United Kingdom. The NFWI is encouraging WIs and Federations to celebrate the centenary of this milestone during 2018.

This grants scheme allows community groups to bid for funds for activities that:

  • increase people’s awareness of the women’s suffrage movement;
  • improve people’s understanding of democracy in the UK, particularly young people; and
  • encourage and inspire participation in civic life.

Full information about the grant scheme and online application forms can be found at

The scheme is designed to be simple to apply for, but if you would like any help with your
application please contact the NFWI Public Affairs Department here.

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  1. Throughout the UK the NT is also celebrating this centenary in various properties. Could visiting such a property be counted as an activity to increase knowledge ?

    • Mawnan WI will be visiting three National Trust properties in Cornwall this year to see their Women and Power exhibitions and we certainly take the view that these are educational trips!

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