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Equality & Human Rights

About the fund

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 £8m 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.  Read more about the work carried out in the latest progress report.

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 final Promoting Equality and Cohesion Fund Final Report Jan-Sep 2021 is now available.


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Specialist Volunteer Network at the Gathering

Specialist Volunteer Network at the Gathering

Earlier this month saw 3,000 people from the third sector attend SCVO’s the Gathering, the largest free voluntary sector event in the UK. Our team were more than attendees, taking part in a collaborative funders session and our Specialist Volunteer Network (SVN) hosted a panel discussion alongside Pilotlight on opportunities for charities to access professional

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Equality & Human Rights Fund launch new Progress Report

Equality & Human Rights Fund launch new Progress Report

Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Ms Shirley-Anne Sommerville visited Boots and Beards one of the 48 charities funded by the Equality & Human Rights Fund. Boots and Beards use the outdoors to support health, fitness and personal development activities for the South Asian Community in Scotland. During the visit the  Cabinet Secretary met with participants

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Mentoring with Morgan Stanley thanks to Inspiring Scotland’s Specialist Volunteer Network

Mentoring with Morgan Stanley thanks to Inspiring Scotland’s Specialist Volunteer Network

Late last year we announced the launch of an exciting Specialist Volunteering Network (SVN) mentorship programme with Morgan Stanley Glasgow’s Women in Tech (WiT) working group. Six months, 12 matches, and nearly 60 mentoring hours later, we came together again at Morgan Stanley’s Waterloo St office to celebrate the graduation of cohort one’s mentees. The

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