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Delivering Equally Safe

About the fund

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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 Equally Safe is the Scottish Government’s funding programme to support third sector organisations and public bodies contribute to the objectives, priorities and outcomes of the Equally Safe Strategy.

The funding is closely aligned to the commitments of Equally Safe and the refreshed National Performance Framework and encourages partnerships and collaborative working

Delivering Equally Safe will be managed by Inspiring Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. We will work closely with all funded organisations during the term of the fund and services to provide support and advice.

The fund will run for two years from October 2021 until September 2023. During this period the Scottish Government will be carrying out a strategic review to plan for the replacement funding.


"There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable." United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon


Application Process

  • The Delivering Equally Safe fund held an open application process from the 7th of December 2020 and closed on the 28th of May 2021
  • Pre application support and information was offered throughout the application process.   
  • The fund received 163 applications requesting over ÂŁ61,000,000 for 2 years. 
  • The quality of applications was very high; reflecting the ambition and aspiration of the sector to provide high quality, responsive services.

There was a clear, robust assessment process followed, which included getting feedback from people with lived experience, clinical psychologists (where an application including counselling and psychological therapies) and the chairs of the Violence Against Women Partnerships across Scotland. These stages were not decision-making, however they provided context and local knowledge to help inform the final decisions made by the Scottish Government and the Minister.

 Read more about the assessment process here.

Successful Applicants

We are delighted that there are 112 successful organisations taking forward 121 projects who will be funded through Delivering Equally Safe, working across Scotland providing, essential services to reduce violence against women and girls and support the aims and priorities of Equally Safe

Read the full list of funded organisations. 

Further Information

Read the news release about the launch of the programme.


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