Closing Date: Thursday, 29 March, 2018 - 12:00
Maximum Available: £50,000

Grants for private sector companies, and third sector organisations working with businesses, undertaking projects in Scotland that enable employers to help drive down employment inequalities and reduce discrimination and barriers based on race, gender, age or health.

The Workplace Equality Fund is administered by the Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) and funded by the Scottish Government. VAF is an established, independent fund manager distributing over £15 million annually to over 500 organisations in Scotland: from grassroots community groups with limited income to national organisations with income of more than £5 million per annum.

Diverse workplaces are indicative of businesses that are drawing from the broadest possible talent pool. Workplace diversity signals to talented employees that a business is open to new experiences and ideas.

The aim of the Workplace Equality Fund is to support Scottish businesses to identify and promote practices that can reduce employment inequalities, discrimination and other barriers at work. The Fund aims to address workplace imbalances commonly experienced by minority ethnic people, women, disabled people and older workers. In doing so, it will support delivery of the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government; Race Equality Framework; Disability Action Plan; and Scotland’s Labour Market Strategy.

Funding rounds and timescales:

  • 8 February 2018: funding round one opened for applications.
  • 29 March 2018: round one closes to applications at 12 noon.
  • 2 July 2018: funding round two opens for applications.
  • 30 August 2018: round two closes to applications at 12 noon.

Funded projects will be delivered between May 2018 and March 2019, by which time all activities should be concluded and all grant money spent.

Those who have queries about the Fund, would like clarification on how to complete the application form, or wish to discuss their project’s eligibility are encouraged to contact VAF on 01383 620780 or

Applicants can access an online application form