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  • Seldom Heard Communities - Funding Opportunity

    Created: 31/05/2021

    Police Scotland, the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR), and the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) have joined together to provide significant funding for projects and activities which will meet genuine evidence gaps and support Police Scotland to further contact and engagement with all elements of our communities in Scotland, but particularly those groups which are seldom heard.
    This call-in being planned in conjunction with the ‘Seldom Heard Communities’ event being co-hosted by Police Scotland, SIPR and the SPA. For full information on this event, including recordings of the event and presentation please click here.

    The term 'seldom-heard groups' refers to under-represented people who may be less likely to engage with Police for a variety reasons (such as race, religion, sexuality, disability, age, and communities isolated through geography or deprivation).  This focus on understanding seldom heard communities places emphasis on the responsibility of Police Scotland to better connect with these communities ensuring their voices are heard; their needs are met, and their perspectives are understood.

    Who can apply?

    Applications are welcomed from all academics, researchers, and practitioners with expertise in ‘Seldom Heard’ communities. Although primarily we are seeking to fund small research projects, we are also keen to explore other activities which may address knowledge gaps in this area. This may include literature reviews, evidence-based training, and knowledge exchange activities etc.
    If groups would like to discuss the suitability of a project idea, to ensure it would be appropriate for the remit of the Seldom Heard Communities call for applications, they should contact either Monica Boyle (SPR Knowledge Exchange and Business Manager – [email protected]) OR Dr Megan O’Neill (SIPR Associate Director and leader of the Police Community Relations network – [email protected]).

    For more information on the criteria for this funding, please click here. The deadline for applications is 01 July 2021

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