Human Rights and Equality Grants Scheme


The scheme is open to civil society organisations, including community and voluntary organisations, non-governmental organisations, rights-holder groups, area-based community groups, communities of interest 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.

The closing date for applications will be 4pm on 22 April 2021.

Small grants of up to €6,000 and general grants of up to €20,000 will be awarded 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

Activities that the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2021-22 can support 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

The successful projects will build understanding and leadership; empower people and communities who face the greatest barriers to advocate for their rights and be involved in the decisions that affect them; and to help place human rights and equality at the centre of legislation, policies and practice.

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