Welsh Assembly offers grants for equality projects

Advancing Equality Fund has opened and more money will be available under the Inclusion Grant scheme

The Welsh Assembly Government is making grants worth more than £1.6m available for organisations delivering equality and inclusion services.

The Welsh government has opened bidding for £883,000 of grants under the Advancing Equality Fund 2010/11, which is available to any charity or third sector organisation carrying out projects to support people facing discrimination.

Within this is funding available to organisations planning events for International Women's Day on 8 March next year.

The Welsh government is also making £800,000 available through its 2010/11 Inclusion Grant scheme, which will fund organisations that deliver services to refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, Gypsies and Travellers.

"The Welsh Assembly Government is committed to ensuring that everybody has the opportunity to participate in and contribute to the economic, social and cultural life of Wales," said social justice minister Brian Gibbons.

The closing date for International Women's Day 2010 bids is 25 September, and bids for the Advancing Equality Fund and the Inclusion Grant must be received by 30 October.

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