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Workplace Equality Fund

On the 9 October 2019, the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Mr Jamie Hepburn MSP, launched our new expanded Workplace Equality Fund 2019/20. A total of 23 projects, involving a range of employers, will receive funding totalling £800,000. More information can be found here.

The Workplace Equality Fund was originally set up in 2018 to address long standing barriers in the labour market 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. Our previous Workplace Equality Fund 2018/19 resulted in 22 projects receiving funding totalling £750,000.

Under the previous Workplace Equality Fund 2018/19 we encouraged applications that focused on overcoming long standing and systemic issues with recruitment practices and progression in the workplace, particularly in relation to addressing inequalities faced by minority ethnic people, women, disabled people and older workers.

A number of resources were produced by the projects funded under the Workplace Equality Fund 2018/19. These resources are available to view on the Impact Funding Partners website via the following link https://www.impactfundingpartners.com/20182019-fund-resources.

Our new expanded Workplace Equality Fund 2019/20 will continue to focus on supporting minority ethnic people, women, disabled people and older workers, however, the fund now also supports women transitioning though the menopause, victims of domestic abuse, and workers who are experiencing social isolation and loneliness (such as unpaid carers).

Projects under the Workplace Equality Fund 2019/20 will run for a period of around 11 months. We look forward to seeing these projects promote inclusive growth and provide a positive impact to the Scottish workforce.