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.

2024-25 Human Rights and Equality Grants Scheme

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission’s 2024-25 Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme is now open and accepting applications until 3.00pm sharp, Thursday 18 April 2024.

The purpose of the grants scheme is to support projects by civil society and trade unions that promote human rights and equality.

A total of €350,000 is available for projects.

Grants Scheme Strands

The 2024-25 Grants Scheme’s themes are informed by the Commission’s strategic priorities set out in its Strategy Statement 2022-24. This year the Grants Scheme will support projects under the following strands:

  • Strand A: Advancing Economic Equality
  • Strand B: Promoting Awareness of Rights and Access to Justice
  • Strand C: Promoting Climate Justice, Environmental Justice and a Just Transition

Funding Streams

Funding is available for small and general grants:

  • Small Grants up to: €6,000
  • General Grants up to: €20,000

Guidance and Application Form

The Grants Scheme is open to civil society organisations and trade unions, registered in the Republic of Ireland only (it is possible to have a partner in Northern Ireland), that aim to promote human rights and equality.

Civil society organisations include: local and national community and voluntary organisations, non-governmental organisations, rights-holder-led groups, groups representing area-based communities or communities of interest protected under the nine grounds of the Equality legislation, as well as people experiencing poverty, socio-economic discrimination or exclusion, including international protection applicants and migrant communities.

Activities Supported

Activities eligible for grant support include but are not limited to:

  • Training and capacity building courses
  • Education and training resources
  • Participatory and qualitative research, legal and policy analysis
  • Conferences, seminars, and workshops
  • Creative and participatory engagement initiatives
  • Campaigns and digital resources

Information for current recipients of Funding

Email address for Queries: grants@ihrec.ie

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