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  • New Workplace Equality Fund 2022-24 launched

    Created: 18/01/2022
    News/Events Category: Funding and Finance

    The Scottish Government-funded Workplace Equality Fund initiative, with £800,000 available in its first year, aims to address and diminish long-standing barriers facing particular priority groups in entering and progressing within the labour market. 

    More specifically, the intention is to incentivise and support collaborative projects which strive to reduce employment inequalities and cultivate positive practices in pursuit of a more inclusive working environment.  The fund will support a variety of different interventions so long as they endeavour to reduce employment inequalities, discrimination, and barriers facing the priority groups below. 

    The focus is on supporting one or more of the following priority groups:

    • Women
    • Women returning to the workforce following a career break
    • Disabled workers
    • Minority ethnic workers
    • Over-50s workers
    • Workers experiencing gender-based violence
    • Workers experiencing symptoms of the menopause
    • Workers experiencing social isolation and/or loneliness
    • Veterans and spouses of veterans

    Who can apply?

    Applicant organisations must be based and operating in Scotland and must be trading for a minimum of 6 months. Charities, third sector organisations, public sector organisations and private sector businesses can apply for up to £75,000 in each year of the fund to carry out activities that will help to improve diversity in the workplace.

    When to apply?

    The deadline for application is 11 April 2022.

    How to apply?

    Applications for the 2022-2024 Workplace Equality Fund are now open, and for the first time will be administered by Scotland’s national advice service, Advice Direct Scotland.

    Applications should be submitted via the Workplace Equality Fund's website.


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