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Delivering Equally Safe

Supporting the prevention and eradication of violence against women and girls

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.

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.

Funding is available for up to three years for work delivered from October 2021 through to September 2024. The total fund available is up to ÂŁ13m per year*.

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 (2022-23 and 2023-24) is dependent upon the Annual Spending Review and Scottish Budget.

How to apply

Applications are open from 7 December 2020 until noon on 31 March 2021.

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. Click here for full information and links to everything you will need.

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 Frequency Asked Questions here. This document will be updated when we get new questions, so please check back regularly. We will holding a series of webinars from January 2021. All information about these will be available on this page soon.

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.

To read more about the Equally Safe strategy developed by COSLA and Scottish Government please click 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. To read more about the framework please click 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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