Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014 gives the Commission powers to provide grant funding to bodies to carry out certain activities to promote human rights and equality in Ireland. The themes of this year’s funding are informed by the priorities set out in the Commission’s Strategy Statement 2022-2024.

Grant Scheme 2022-2023

The closing date for receipt of applications has now passed. Our thanks for all the applications received.  

In its Strategy Statement 2022-24, the Commission sets out five strategic priorities.

The focus of this year’s grant scheme will be supporting projects under two of those priorities:

  • Strategic Priority One:Economic Equality. Under the Economic Equality theme, the Commission will be specifically supporting projects that contribute to advancing greater economic equality in relation to one or a combination of these topics: housing/accommodation, employment, income or carers;
  • Strategic Priority Five: Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty. Under this Priority, the Commission’s focus will be to fund projects that support compliance with the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty (the Duty).

A crosscutting priority will be supporting and empowering people and groups who face the greatest barriers to accessing their rights and who are the least heard.  This includes people 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

Therefore the Commission has added a new funding strand this year specifically targeting local civil society groups.

What funding is available?

This year there is €400,000 available under two strands. €350,000 is available for Strand One and €50,000 is available for Strand Two.

  • Strand One provides for small grants of up to €6,000 and general grants of up to €20,000 to all civil society organisations working to promote human rights and equality.
  • Strand Two is  new and provides grants of up to €5,000 to local civil society organisations working to promote human rights and equality.

Who can apply?

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. This includes people 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.

How do I apply for a grant?

Grant applications must be submitted, in full, on the application form provided.

Please read the full guidance document for assistance with completing your application.

The assessment panel will not consider additional material.

The closing date for receipt of applications has now passed. Our thanks for all the applications received.  

Applications can be submitted:

  • By email: grants@ihrec.ie (please use the subject line ‘Human Rights & Equality Grant Scheme 2022-23 and Theme [A, or B])
  • By post: Attention: Grants Team
    Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
    16-22 Green Street
    Dublin 7

Please note:

  • Applications submitted by email must be received in the grants email inbox (grants@ihrec.ie) by the closing time and date indicated.
  • Applications by post or courier must be received by the closing time and date.
  • Applications postmarked with the closing date will not be accepted, if they arrive after the closing time.
  • Applications that arrive by post/courier or to the grants email box after this time and date will not be considered under any circumstances.

Grant Documentation

Grant Guidance Document

Grant Application Form

Online Information Sessions for Applicants

We will run a number of information sessions, on Zoom, to provide details about the Grants Scheme to potential applicants, who are interested in applying.
These will take place from 10 am to 11.30 am on:

  • 22nd April
  • 26th April
  • 27th April

How to register for a Grant Scheme Information Session

Please register for an information session by emailing events@ihrec.ie with the date of the session you would like to attend in the subject line.
Please let us know when you register if you are happy to be contacted for other events.

Special Requirements

When registering please feel free to let us know if you have any special requirements, for example, accessibility, Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpretation. This will help us in our preparations for the events.

Downloads

Grant scheme logo (colour)

Grant scheme logo (transparent)

Guidelines – use of the Commission logo