Charities, businesses and other organisations are invited to apply for grants ranging from small amounts to £5,000 to help the Committee for Employment & Social Security come up with 'awareness-raising initiatives' on disability, human rights and equality legislation.
ESS has launched this programme in connection with its duty under the Disability & Inclusion Strategy, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other international conventions.
The programme is meant to combat myths and stereotypes about disability, promote respect, dignity and inclusion, and raise awareness of human rights and equality generally. It is also meant to help educate islanders about two Disability and Inclusion Strategy projects that the committee is developing as part of the States’ conventions obligations, which are the introduction of discrimination legislation and an equality and rights organisation.
Applicants may bid on any or all of the four campaign topics, which are:
The committee said a good understanding of disabled people's human rights has to be built on an understanding of human rights generally, so it is keen to support initiatives that will boost the community's knowledge and acceptance of human rights in general. It also wants to support initiatives that directly tackle ignorance or misunderstandings about disability and seek to change attitudes for the better.
Bids will be assessed by a judging panel that will include Deputy Emilie Yerby, Ed Ashton and Ellen Pragnell of the Committee for Employment & Social Security.
Each grant will be made strictly on a one-off basis, with no guarantee of further funding. Organisations will be asked to sign an agreement governing the use of the funds and will be asked to provide a short impact report and financial statement at the end of the campaign.
The deadline to apply is 14 December 2018 and campaigns should be concluded by 30 April 2019. Further information on the campaign topics, including an application form and guidance notes, is available at gov.gg/equality/awarenessraisinginitiatives.
Disability & Inclusion is among 23 policy priorities in the current Policy & Resource Plan.
Pictured: Edward T Wheadon House.
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