More than 220 projects across Scotland will receive funding from the Equality Budget to support strategic and community work and frontline services.
The overall budget was announced by Alex Neil MSP, the Social Justice Secretary, during a visit to Glasgow’s Women’s Library which has been awarded funding of £72,524 this year – an increase of £20,000 from the previous year to help the library work towards national library status.
Speaking at the library, Mr Neil said: “The Scottish Government Equality Budget demonstrates our commitment to tackle inequality and help those who are the most disadvantaged and the most discriminated against in our communities.
“We are committed to working with key agencies and organisations to ensure we protect the most vulnerable groups in our society. This funding helps do this.
“We will be supporting a range of strategic and community work and, most importantly, fund frontline services to address inequality, tackle discrimination and progress equality across Scotland.”
A number of LGBTI projects will benefit directly, reflecting the government’s commmitment to progressing equality and “removing barriers to ensure a fairer, more equal country for all”.
The government’s full equality statement for 2015-16 can be found here.