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Equality and Human Rights

About the fund

Equality and Human Rights

The Equality & Human Rights Fund’s vision is for a Scotland which is inclusive, free from discrimination, and where the human rights of everyone are respected, protected, and fulfilled. 

It aims to embed and mainstream equality and human rights within policy and practice in Scotland in line with the ambitions of relevant Scottish Government strategies and the National Performance Framework.

The Equality and Human Rights Fund will distribute £7m annually for three years from October 2021 to September 2024 and support a portfolio of 48 organisations that deliver work focused on tackling inequality and discrimination, furthering equality, and advancing the realisation of human rights in Scotland. 

Managed by Inspiring Scotland, the programme is an evolution of previous Scottish Government funding streams including the Promoting Equality and Cohesion Fund (PECF) and Scottish Government funding for national partners.

The assessment process has now been completed and the Scottish Ministers have agreed which proposals will be funded.

The Scottish Government has now announced that organisations have been awarded funding. See the press release here.

A full list of funded organisations can be found here.

Application Process

  • The EHR fund ran an open application process between Monday 22 February 2021 and midday on 14 May 2021.
  • Pre application support and information was offered throughout the application process.   
  • The fund received 242 applications requesting over £107 million. In total, 48 applications were successful.
  • In addition to the overwhelming demand, the standard of application was high. 

There was a clear, robust assessment process followed, with Scottish Ministers making final decisions.  The Scottish Government had to consider many factors when selecting which proposals to fund. This included best fit with Fund outcomes and priorities, the balance of proposals across Scotland and how to best deliver the aim and vision of the programme whilst meeting the needs of specific groups.  

We are working to provide feedback to every applicant and where possible support with next steps.   

Read more about the assessment process here.

Further Information

Read the news release about the launch of the programme.

We’ve also made a series of five short videos about the Fund.

These videos are also available with full transcriptions here.

Please contact us if you require any information in an alternative format. 

For updates and announcements on the Fund, follow us on twitter @IS_EqualityHR

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