The Executive Office (TEO) is committed to building a society in which racial equality and diversity is supported, understood, valued and respected, where people of minority ethnic backgrounds have a sense of belonging which is acknowledged and valued by people from all backgrounds.

Racial Equality Strategy 2015 - 2025

The Racial Equality Strategy 2015 - 2025 establishes a framework for government departments (and others) to tackle racial inequalities, to eradicate racism and hate crime and along with Together: Building a United Community, to promote good race relations and social cohesion.

Racial Equality Strategy consultation document

The First Minister and deputy First Minister launched the new Racial Equality Strategy for consultation on 19 June 2014. The proposals were developed with minority ethnic representative groups and representatives of the wider community through our Racial Equality Panel.

The public consultation exercise ended on the 10 October 2014. You can still download the draft Racial Equality Strategy consultation document at the link below:

Measuring progress of the Racial Equality Strategy 2015 – 2025

To monitor the success of the Racial Equality Strategy, TEO (formerly OFMDFM), in conjunction with an expert advisory group, developed a draft set of racial equality indicators for consultation. This consultation looked specifically looking at the racial equality indicators and ran concurrently with the main Racial Equality Strategy consultation.

The indicators take into account the shared aims and objectives of the forthcoming Racial Equality Strategy and measure progress under a set of four key strategic priorities:

  • the equality of service provision (including health, education, housing, employment, learning and sport)
  • combating prejudice, racism and hate crime
  • participation, representation and belonging
  • respecting cultural diversity

The public consultation exercise ended on the 10 October 2014. You can still access the consultation document at the link below.

Racial Equality film resources

A suite of film profiles capture the work of local organisations helping to build a society in which racial equality and diversity is understood, valued and respected.

About the resources:

They can be used by schools, youth groups, good relations programmes and by other stakeholders to better understand issues important to people from minority ethnic backgrounds and to promote a sense of belonging which is valued by people from all backgrounds.

Below are the summary films to introduced the profile resources across the three strands of the programme:

Racial Equality Sub Group Profiles Compilation Film

Racial Equality Champions Profiles Compilation Film

Schools of Sanctuary Profiles Compilation Film

Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme

On 7 September 2015 the Prime Minister announced an additional 20,000 Syrian refugees would be resettled in the UK over the course of the current UK Parliament.

The First Minister and deputy First Minister signalled to the UK Government their willingness to welcome some of the most vulnerable refugees into Northern Ireland with 50 to 100 arriving on a phased basis from December 2015. TEO is the policy lead for the scheme here with the Department for Communities responsible for its operation.

The link below provides information about the scheme and on the current arrival of refugees.

Contact us

Racial Equality Unit

Minority Ethnic Development Fund

The Minority Ethnic Development Fund (MEDF) provides support for voluntary and community organisations working with minority ethnic people and groups. The aim of the Fund is to assist minority ethnic and local community organisations to promote good relations between people of different ethnic backgrounds.

The 2019/20 fund is closed for applications.

Closing time for receipt for all applications was 2.00pm on 21 March 2019.

Funding awards will fall into three broad categories or ‘tiers’:

Tier 1

Tier 1a - Funding awards between £100 - £5,000.

Tier 1b - Funding awards between £5,000.01 - £10,000.

Awards may be for one-off events or for projects lasting up to one year (1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020).

Tier 1 will be open to applications once, alongside Tiers 2 and 3

Tier 2

Tier 2a - Funding awards between £10,000.01 - £30,000 per annum.

Tier 2b - Funding awards between £30,000.01 - £45,000 per annum.

Funding is intended to meet central management, development and administrative costs and thereby enable organisations to develop and provide services and projects.

Tier 2 will be open to applications once with funding running from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.

Tier 3

Tier 3a - Funding awards between £45,000.01 - £60,000 per annum.

Tier 3b - Funding awards between £60,000.01 - £75,000 per annum.

Funding is intended to meet central management, development and administrative costs and thereby enable organisations to develop and provide services and projects.

Tier 3 applications must also include clear proposals to provide a mentoring role with smaller or less experienced organisations and/or to work collaboratively with others in the sector. 

Tier 3 will be open to applications once with funding running from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.

How to apply

Guidance notes for applicants, which explain the tiers and the criteria for funding in more detail, are available here:

It is recommended you read the guidance notes thoroughly before filling in the application form.

The application form can be downloaded via the link below:

Alternatively, hard copy application forms are available from:

Minority Ethnic Development Fund
Room E3.18
Castle Buildings
Belfast
BT4 3SR
Tel: 028 9052 8560
Email: race.equality@executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk

Closing time for receipt for all applications was 2.00pm on 21 March 2019.

Funding seminars

There were a number of information seminars held to give further detail about the process.

Please access the link below to view the presentation used in these seminars:

Racial Equality Strategy 2005-2010

A Racial Equality Strategy was published in July 2005. The strategy set out a framework for government and all sections of civil society in Northern Ireland for the creation of a community where racism, in any of its forms, is not tolerated and where all people enjoy equality of opportunity and equal protection.

You can access the strategy and related publications via the link below:

Related publications and legislation

Contact the Racial Equality Unit

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