A £500,000 fund to promote equality within the workplace has
been opened by Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn.
The Workplace Equality Fund offers grants to reduce employment
inequalities, discrimination and barriers for minority ethnic
people, women, disabled people and older workers.
The Fund will support delivery of the Scottish Government's
Programme for Government; Race Equality Framework; Disability
Action Plan; and Scotland's Labour Market Strategy.
The funding will support employers to reduce employment
inequalities, discrimination and barriers, particularly across the
arts, culture, leisure, tourism, finance, manufacturing,
construction, agriculture and fishing, transport and communication
and STEM sectors.
The fund will be delivered by the Voluntary Action Fund.
Speaking during a visit to their offices, Mr Hepburn said:
"We want the same employment opportunities for all so that
everyone, irrespective of gender, race or disability, has the
opportunity to fulfil their potential and improve Scotland's
economic performance as a result.
"I am delighted to open applications for the Workplace Equality
Fund, which will make funding available to businesses to change
attitudes, cultures and workplace practices.
"I would strongly encourage every employer to find out how they
and their workforce can use this fund to remove barriers to
Keith Wimbles, Chief Executive, Voluntary Action Fund said:
"The Voluntary Action Fund is very pleased that the Scottish
Government is investing in the private sector to promote workplace
equality and address barriers to entry and progression in
"VAF is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in the
workplace and through its business activities. We are therefore
delighted to manage the Workplace Equality Fund on behalf of the
Scottish Government and look forward to working with businesses to
maximise the impact of the investment."
Source - Scottish Government Website