Eleven civil-society groups throughout Ireland have been awarded grants through the Equality fund.
The groups’ projects advance equality for LGBTI+ communities, migrants, people with intellectual disabilities, Travellers, sex workers, women survivors of addiction and domestic sexual violence, and organisations that combat racism and hate in Ireland.
Rethink Ireland have also announced a record expansion of The Equality Fund in Ireland from €3 million to €10 million over 5 years.
The funding comes from The Peter Kinney and Lisa Sandquist Foundation and is being matched by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth via the Dormant Accounts Fund.
Among the awardees is The National Platform of Self-Advocates Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway.
The National Platform of Self Advocates is an independent organisation run by people with intellectual disabilities for people with intellectual disabilities.
It is a membership organisation aiming to improve the lives of people with disabilities. It is founded on the rights of people with intellectual disabilities to be viewed as equal citizens with rights as outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.