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Delivering Equally Safe

Supporting the prevention and eradication of violence against women and girls

Delivering Equally Safe

Equally Safe is Scotland’s strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls.

Developed by Scottish Government and COSLA, in association with a wide range of partners, Equally Safe sets out a vision of a strong and flourishing Scotland where all individuals are equally safe and respected, and where women and girls live free from all forms of violence and abuse – and the attitudes that help perpetuate it.

"Violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable". Ban Ki-Moon

Delivering the Equally Safe Strategy

Delivering Equally Safe is the name of the Scottish Government funding programme to support third sector organisations and public bodies contribute to the objectives, priorities, and outcomes of the Equally Safe strategy. It combines various funding streams, including the Equally Safe (Violence Against Women and Girls) and Rape Crisis Specific fund.

Following the pause due to the impact of Coronavirus pandemic, Scottish Government have announced that the fund is now open to applications.

Delivering Equally Safe funding will start in October 2021 and will run in 2021/2022 and 2022/2023. A replacement fund will launch in 2023 following a joint strategic review.The total funding available for year 1 is up to ÂŁ18 million*

Inspiring Scotland will manage the fund on behalf of Scottish Government. We will work closely with all organisations funded to provide support and advice.

* Funding for future years is dependent upon the Annual Spending Review and Scottish Budget. A review of the funding will be carried out in 2023.

How to apply

Important Update

On the 24th March 2021, the Scottish Government and COSLA issued a joint statement on the Delivering Equally Safe fund. The statement outlines a number of important changes to the fund which have come in with immediate effect. Please read the full statement with details of the changes here.

Applications were opened on 7th December 2020. Due to changes in the funding criteria announced on 24th March, the deadline for applications has been extended to midday on Friday 28th May 2021.

A new Frequently Asked Questions document has been updated which answers questions specifically related to the changes announced on the 24th March as well as existing FAQs.  We will be reviewing and updating our webinars to support you as you develop your application. These will be available soon.

To check whether you are eligible to apply, and to find out more information about the fund, please download a copy of the fund guidance.

If you would like to apply for funding, please first register your interest here. Once you have registered, you will receive the online application forms and links to other supporting information required via email.

Please also use the registration form to submit any questions you may have or email us at

Applications are welcomed from organisations that have a focus on tackling violence against women and girls in Scotland.

In addition to the main application, you will need to upload and submit several documents. Full information and links to everything you will need can be found here.

Up to ÂŁ13m

per year funding available*

3 years

from Oct 2021 to Sep 2024

1 in 3 girls

report some form of sexual violence

1 in 5 children

will have experienced domestic abuse by 18

Information and Resources

For more information about the fund and the eligibility criteria, please read the fund guidance.

You can read the Frequently Asked Questions.  This document will be updated when we get new questions, so please check back regularly.

Scottish Government’s aim is to work collaboratively with key partners across all sectors to prevent and eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls. We are clear that there are no quick fixes to this deep-rooted problem. It requires significant economic, social, and cultural change over the long term, that calls for the sustained commitment not just from partners but from individuals and communities too.

More about the Equally Safe strategy developed by COSLA and Scottish Government can be found here.

Preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls is essential to achieving Scottish Government’s overarching purpose as set out in the National Performance Framework. More information about the framework can be found here.

Contact us

For all enquiries about the Delivering Equally Safe Fund, please email

Please follow us on twitter using @DESfund

We plan to hold a series of information surgeries for organisations interested in applying to the fund. Look out for announcements on this website and on twitter.

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