The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission have issued a call for proposals under the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2017.
The Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2017 aims to encourage leadership and excellence with a view to creating a deeper culture of human rights and equality in Ireland. It will support eligible activities that relate to one or both of the themes of:
A. Intercultural Understanding and Diversity;
This Grant Scheme aims to support activities that:
• Promote and enhance effective, positive intercultural relations, including the promotion of inter-faith dialogue;
• Encourage active engagement with different groups in society;
• Raise awareness of the impact of racism and related forms of intolerance;
• Oppose and address racism and related forms of intolerance;
• Promote pluralism and acceptance of differences, encouraging a culture of respect for freedom and dignity and understanding of human rights and equality in the State;
• Articulate and promote an understanding of interculturalism and diversity in society based on human rights and equality.
B. Supporting the Implementation of the Public Sector Duty.
This Grant Scheme will support activities that:
• Support rights holders to understand and vindicate their rights when accessing public services;
• Support civil society capacity to engage with public bodies in relation to the implementation of the Public Sector Duty;
• Promote effective working partnerships that empower civil society and public bodies to advance aspects of human rights and/or equality;
• Ensure public bodies are more aware of their obligations to rights holders and more effectively held to account;
• Support public bodies to identify and address specific or multiple human rights and/or equality issues of relevance to their work for people accessing their services and for staff;
• Build capacity of public bodies to monitor aspects of equality and human rights compliance in service provision and in employment.
Eligibility: Irish based NGOs and civil society groups (including non-profit organisations, community groups and trade unions), academic institutions
and public bodies as defined under the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) Act 2014 are eligible to apply.
Applications involving a collaborative partnership between two or more organisations are welcome. However, such applications must be made in the name of one lead organisation acting as the applicant, which shall have full financial responsibility for the proposal and for meeting all terms and conditions of any grant awarded.
An applicant organisation must be set up as a public body or must have a tax clearance certificate or charitable status.
The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 6th of September 2017 at 5.00pm.