Equality and Human Rights Commission launches £10m grant programme

Strategic Funding Programme will provide up to £450,000

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has announced a £10m grant programme for voluntary and community sector organisations.

The Strategic Funding Programme will provide three-year project funding of up to £450,000 for grassroots organisations that the commission said "are often under-funded and under-appreciated".

The priority groups include organisations that provide guidance, advice and advocacy in areas such as education, health and employment and increasing cooperation between people experiencing tensions.

Grants are also open to groups providing legal advice and awareness of legal rights, but this will be funded as part of a separate programme, launching in June.

"In tough economic times, people who are on the sharp end of discrimination and inequality are more in need of support than ever," said Trevor Phillips, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. "Community organisations that give people skills, support and access to opportunity play a vital role in keeping communities together."

The commission said it was keen to fund activity that directly serves and involves individuals and local communities, meets unmet need and inspires longer-terms activity that meets its objectives.

Applications to the Strategic Funding Programme must be made by 12 June.

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