Civil Society Organisations across Ireland Invited to apply to the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2024-2025

€350,000 National Programme Calls for Projects to Advance Economic Equality, Promote Climate Justice, Environmental Justice, and a Just Transition, and Promote Awareness of Rights and Access to Justice

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is inviting civil society organisations and groups across Ireland working on human rights and equality issues to apply for support for projects under the themes of Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2024-25, opened today.

The focus of this year’s grant scheme will be supporting projects carried out in Ireland that contribute to advancing economic equality, promote climate justice, environmental justice, and a just transition, and promote awareness of rights and access to justice

Funding is available for small projects up to €6,000 and for general projects up to €20,000.

Now in its ninth year, the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme has already funded over 200 human rights and equality projects across Ireland, including research, policy analysis, training, resource-development, conferences, events and cultural initiatives.

Grants are open to civil society organisations, rights-holder and community led groups, and trade unions from across the country, who can bring forward proposals on empowering people to understand and claim their rights and to develop evidence based research and analysis to inform legislation, policy and practice. This includes people and groups 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, membership of the Traveller community and people at risk of poverty and social exclusion (including international protection applicants and migrant communities).

The deadline for receipt of applications is at 3pm (sharp) on Thursday 18 April, 2024.

Full details of the 2024-25 Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme are now available on the Commission’s website.

The Commission is also organising three online Information Sessions on the 2024-25 Human Rights and Equality Grant Schemes on 13, 14 and 20 March 2024. ISL Interpretation is provided at the information session on the 20 March.

Further details are available on the Commission’s website.

Director of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Deirdre Malone said:

 “We are committed to supporting and empowering people and groups who face the greatest barriers to accessing their rights and who are the least heard. Including and valuing lived experience is central to our work, and we are proud that the scheme will support projects where the voice and agency of people facing the greatest inequalities are involved.”

 “I strongly encourage all those in civil society, community, voluntary and local organisations and trade unions across Ireland working to advance economic equality, promote climate justice, environmental justice, and a just transition, and promote awareness of rights and access to justice to review the grants criteria and to apply.”

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 Sarah Clarkin, IHREC Communications Manager,

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Editor’s Note

The Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme is part of the Commission’s statutory power to provide grants to promote human rights and equality under the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014.

The application form, details of the 2024-25 Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme are available on the Commission’s website.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is an independent public body, appointed by the President and directly accountable to the Oireachtas. The Commission has a statutory remit set out under the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act (2014) to protect and promote human rights and equality in Ireland, and build a culture of respect for human rights, equality and intercultural understanding in the State.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is Ireland’s national human rights institution and is recognised as such by the United Nations. The Commission is also Ireland’s national equality body for the purpose of a range of EU anti-discrimination measures.