Supporting Scotland’s vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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Inspiring Scotland - Equality and Human Rights Fund


The Equality and Human Rights Fund is a new programme that supports organisations that deliver work focussed on tackling inequality and discrimination, furthering equality, and advancing the realisation of human rights in Scotland.

The criteria for the Fund are broad and there is not a set list of activities which will realise the vision and aims of the programme. Applicants will need to show how the work they propose delivers the outputs and contributes to the outcomes identified in the Strategic Framework. See guidance notes on funde website for full details.

Fund priorities are:

  • Proposals that support individuals and groups with protected characteristics
  • Proposals that demonstrate how different protected characteristics and other factors interact and impact on equality and human rights
  • Proposals that address or inform responses to the unequal impacts that has results from the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Proposals that develop our learning and understanding about ways to support individuals and communities realise their human rights.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Who can apply

Civil society organisations including, incorporated third sector organisations that are registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), and Community Interest Companies (CICs).

The lead organisation for a partnership application must be a third sector organisation.

When to apply

Applications opened on 22 February 2021 and closed on 14 May 2021. Once funding is committed in 2021, it is not anticipated the Fund will re-open before 2024.

How to apply

Applications are via an online application form that will be sent to you once you have registered interest via the funder website.

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Activites funded: Justice, equality & law

Beneficiaries funded: Black & Ethnic Minorities Economically/socially disadvantaged Care experienced people LGBTQI people Disabilities Learning disabilities Physical disabilities Sensory impairments Refugees & asylum seekers Women & girls

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