IHREC Awards €250,000 in Inaugural Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2016

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) today announced the 25 organisations awarded funding in the inaugural Human Rights and Equality Grants Scheme 2016.  The grant scheme was established by the Commission to provide financial assistance to bodies to carry out activities to promote human rights and equality.

Almost 300 applications were received and of those, 25 organisations were awarded grants across three strands of funding:

  • Six organisations awarded up to €4,000 for Collaboration and Dissemination
  • Nine organisations awarded up to €6,000 for Capacity Building
  • Ten organisations awarded up to €20,0000 for Project Implementation

Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the IHREC said “The Commission is very pleased to make these funding awards, which we believe will make a genuine contribution to creating an inclusive Ireland where human rights and equality are respected, protected and fulfilled for everyone, everywhere.

“The grant scheme received a very large amount of applications, which alone tells us there is an incredible appetite and willingness for activities that support a culture of respect for human rights, equality and intercultural understanding. I am very grateful to all the organisations who submitted an application, and I encourage them to continue their valuable work.

“The Commission works in a variety of ways to protect and promote human rights and equality in Ireland, ranging from working at the policy level, to working with communities and civil society to monitor and report on people’s real life experiences of human rights and equality on the ground. We believe that by investing in organisations that support this work we can progress and promote the goals of the Commission and I am looking forward to seeing the grantee’s projects activated over the next six to twelve months.”

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) was established by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014. This Act gives the Commission powers to provide financial assistance to other bodies to carry out certain activities to promote human rights and equality.

For further details on the grants scheme go to www.ihrec.ie/our-work/research/grant-awardees

Media Contact: Brian Dawson – IHREC Communications Manager

Ph: 087 0697095 E-mail: bdawson@ihrec.ie

Notes to Editor

The organisations receiving the inaugural Human Rights and Equality Grants Scheme 2016 are:

Collaboration and Dissemination

  • Department of Politics and Public Administration, UL (Partnered with the Irish Traveller Movement)
  • Sutherland School of Law, UCD
  • Create
  • Irish Council for Civil Liberties (Partnered with the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Initiative)
  • Age Action Ireland CLG
  • Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre (Partnered with the Education Disadvantage Centre, St. Patrick’s College)

Capacity Building

  • South Dublin Community Platform
  • Citizens Information Service, Offaly
  • Older Voices, Kildare
  • Crosscare Migrant Project (Partnered with the North Dublin City GP Training, Cairde)
  • Mental Health Reform
  • Headway Cork
  • Ballyfermot Travellers Action Project (Partnered with the Public Interest Law Alliance)
  • Sonas Domestic Violence Charity
  • Pieta House

Project Implementation

  • Longford Community Resources Ltd. (Partnered with Longford County Council)
  • School of Communications and Insight Centre for Data Analytics, DCU (Partnered with Educate Together & the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network)
  • Community Action Network (Partnered with the NUI, Galway Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy and the Ballymun Community Law Centre Ltd.)
  • Department of Geography, NUI Maynooth
  • National Women’s Council of Ireland
  • Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Partnered with the Free Legal Advice Centres)
  • Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education, DCU (Partnered with Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre)
  • Inclusion Ireland
  • Irish Penal Reform Trust
  • Transgender Equality Network Ireland

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has a statutory remit to protect and promote human rights and equality in the State, to promote a culture of respect for human rights, equality and intercultural understanding, and to promote understanding and awareness of the importance of human rights and equality. IHREC is tasked with reviewing the adequacy and effectiveness of law, policy and practice relating to the protection of human rights and equality and with making recommendations to Government on measures to strengthen, protect and uphold human rights and equality accordingly.

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