Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2023 Now Open For Applications

€400,000 National Programme Calls for Projects that Advance Access to Justice and Rights and Promote the Eradication of Ableism, Ageism, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia and Transphobia

Organisations and groups across Ireland, who work on issues of human rights and equality are being invited to apply to the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2023, which has been opened today by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

This year’s Grants Scheme will support projects that focus on one of two strands.

  • Strand A: Advancing Access to Justice and Rights – projects that promote access to justice and equip individuals to better understand, claim and vindicate their equality and human rights, and
  • Strand B: Promoting the eradication of Ableism, Ageism, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia and Transphobia – projects that promote the eradication of ableism, ageism, racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia through public understanding and state action.

Civil society organisations applying for funding under the Grants Scheme can make an application for either a small grant (of up to €6,000) or a general grant (of up to €20,000) with a total of €400,000 available.

Grants are open to civil society organisations including national or local groups and voluntary organisations, networks, non-governmental organisations, rights holders groups, area-based community groups, communities of interest groups and trade unions. Applications involving a collaborative partnership between two or more organisations are also welcome.

Applicants are expected to bring forward proposals on empowering people and groups who face the greatest barriers to accessing their rights and where the voice and agency of people facing the greatest inequalities are involved. This includes groups protected under the nine grounds of the equality legislation: gender, civil status, family status, age, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion, membership of the Traveller community, as well as people experiencing poverty and socio-economic discrimination or exclusion, including those seeking international protection and migrant communities.

Now in its eighth year, the Grants Scheme has already funded 210 human rights and equality projects across Ireland, including research programmes, training and resource activities, conferences, events and cultural initiatives. From its inception, the Scheme has continued to evolve and grow together with our Grantees, reflecting their needs, their challenges and the important work they do.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday 26 April 2023 at 3.00pm, strictly.

Full details of the Grant Scheme are now available in the Commission’s Guidance Document.

The Commission will run three online Information Sessions on the 2023-24 Grants Scheme on the 24, 28 and 29 of March 2023.

Further details are available on the Grants webpage, see here

Sinéad Gibney, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission said:

“Civil society plays a vital role in supporting and empowering the members of our society who face the greatest inequalities and whose voices often go unheard.

The organisations that make up civil society are uniquely placed, through their proximity to the communities they serve, to listen to and meaningfully involve those who are most affected by human rights and equality issues, making their contribution absolutely invaluable in promoting and protecting human rights.

I appeal to all eligible groups to apply to our Grants Scheme.”


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Sarah Clarkin, IHREC Communications Manager,
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Editor’s Note

The Human Rights and Equality Grants 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.

View full details on the Grant Scheme webpage here

Download the Guidance Document here

Download the application form here

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.