Workplace Equality Fund Eligibility Criteria

Eligible Applicants

  • Any private business, currently operating with a base in Scotland.  Scottish Government identify the following as priority sectors: arts, culture, leisure, tourism, finance, manufacturing, construction, agriculture & fishing, transport & communication, STEM
  • Any third sector organisation, currently with a base in Scotland, which has agreement in place, prior to application, to work with a specific private business
  • You can still apply to the current round if you have been successful in previous rounds however there are restrictions on this.  Further information can be found in the FAQs and you should discuss your proposed activities with Impact Funding Partners prior to application
  • Must have a bank account in name of organisation with a minimum of 2 signatories
  • Applicants must ensure that they do not partner with organisations who already receive Scottish Government funding to deliver the activities for which they are applying, e.g. a training provider.
  • Public and third sector theatre companies
  • Arm’s Length External Organisations (ALEOs) if they can provide a significant business case as to why they require support through the Fund



  • Must focus on one or more of the six priority groups from the following list: Minority ethnic people; Disabled people; *People who experience gender based violence; Workers experiencing social isolation and/or; Older workers (those aged over 50) and Women.  Within the priority group of Women, the Scottish Government would like to also highlight their support to women during menopause, female partners of veterans and female veterans
  • Clearly demonstrate how they will achieve a reduction in employment inequalities, discrimination and barriers in Scottish businesses
  • Demonstrate that they are working towards one or more of the Fairwork Framework principles
  • Work towards one or more of the three fund outcome
  • Where applicable, demonstrate how it will build upon existing practices (for example those which have been adopted through the Modern Apprenticeship Equalities Action Plan), or, how it will trial new innovative practices
  • The fund will only consider applications where the majority of activity takes place with the private business
  • Project must start on or after mid October 2019 and all activities complete and monies spent by 31st August 2020
  • Minimum grant amount £5000
  • Maximum grant amount £50,000


Ineligible Applications

  • Applications which involve unpaid internships (please note that this fund also cannot cover internship costs)
  • Applications which are only focussed on providing advice and guidance to employers.  Any advice and guidance must lead to changes in practice and hard outcomes that benefit the priority group
  • Applications which are already being funded through other Scottish Government programmes such as the Promoting Equality and Cohesion Fund, The Returners Fund, In work Support Programme (delivered by Open Doors Consortium) and the Skills Development Scotland Modern Apprenticeship Equality Action Plan.
  • Applications from individuals
  • Applications that solely pay for one person’s wage i.e. an application with the sole aim of employing a person or people from the priority groups
  • Applications that meet the eligibility criteria for the Scottish Government’s Women Returners Programme 2019 will not be considered for Workplace Equality Fund funding. Such proposals should seek funding from the Women Returners Programme 2019 which is due to launch this year.
  • Applications from colleges or universities will not be eligible for funding.


Ineligible Costs

  • Trustees’ expenses
  • Capital projects (for example, purchase of buildings, vehicles, building works and refurbishment or ICT infrastructure)
  • Attendance at non-outcome related conferences (either UK or international)
  • Projects that do not benefit one or more of the priority groups listed above
  • The advancement of religion or politics (including requests to support the core activities of religious or political groups)
  • Trips abroad
  • The repayment of loans or payments of debts
  • Funds cannot be used to pay for internship or apprenticeship salaries

*people who experience gender based violence (such as domestic abuse, sexual violence, commercial sexual exploitation and honour based violence such as forced marriage or female genital mutilation)