Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2021-22 Opens for Applications

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 1 April 2021

Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2021-22 Opens for Applications

€350,000 programme will support projects to progress rights and combat racism

Organisations from across Ireland who are working on issues of human rights and equality are invited to apply to the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2021-22, opening today.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) will award small grants of up to €6,000 and general grants of up to €20,000 to support activities under three strands:

  • Advancing Social and Economic Rights and Equality
  • Combatting Racism and Racial Discrimination
  • Progressing the Rights of People with Disabilities.

The scheme is open to civil society organisations, rights-holder and community led groups, and trade unions from across the country, who can bring forward proposals on empowering people and communities to understand and claim their rights and be part of decision-making that affects them. This includes people at risk of discrimination protected under the nine grounds of Ireland’s equality legislation: gender, civil status, family status, age, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion, and membership of the Traveller community and people at risk of poverty and social exclusion.

Activities that the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2021-22 supports include:  :

  • Participatory education and training activities
  • Projects focused on engaging people in shaping policy and legislation reform
  • Conferences, seminars and roundtables
  • Campaigns and print or digital tools Participatory research and policy analysis
  • Monitoring compliance of public bodies with human rights and equality standards.

Sinéad Gibney, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission stated:

“We are delighted to begin this sixth year of our Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme. To-date, we have supported over 150 projects across Ireland, helping organisations to amplify and bring forward the voices of those who have experienced barriers to justice.”

“This funding is a way to empower people to ensure they can claim their rights and have a voice in the decisions that impact them and to support important rights focused work across communities in Ireland that face discrimination due to race, economic status and disability.”

Projects that have received funding in previous years include research programmes, training or resource activities, conferences or events and cultural initiatives.

The strict deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday 22nd April at 4pm.

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