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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.

The fund opened for applications on the 7th of December 2020 and closed on the 28th of May 2021.

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

Delivering Equally Safe closed to applications at midday on Friday 28th May.

We are in the process of working with the Scottish Government to assess all of the applications that we have received.

We expect to be in touch with all applicants by the end of July

You can contact us at with any questions.

Up to ÂŁ18m

per year funding available*

2 years

from Oct 2021 to Sep 2023

1 in 3 girls

report some form of sexual violence

1 in 5 children

will have experienced domestic abuse by 18

Information and Resources

The 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, and calls for sustained commitment not just from partners but from individuals and communities too.

All applications to Delivering Equally Safe should align to the Equally Safe Strategy, developed by COSLA and Scottish Government.

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.


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