£1.3m equality promotion offered to voluntary organisations

Voluntary
organisations are being offered the chance to share in £1.3m to raise awareness
of new employment equality measures, industry minister Jacqui Smith announced
today.

The
cash aims to support voluntary and not-for-profit organisations in their work
to raise awareness and understanding of the new sexual orientation and religion
or belief legislation. A range of organisations will be able to benefit from
this funding.

Smith
said: "These new regulations outlaw discrimination at work on the grounds
of sexual orientation and religion for the first time, and offer basic rights
to people who experience discrimination.

"The
£1.3m I’m announcing today will help ensure the increased awareness of the new
legislation, and reflect our commitment to equality."

The
funding is available for and up to 31 March 2005 and organisations are invited
to submit proposals by Wednesday 21 July 2004.

By Quentin Reade

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