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 2015 - 2025
- Racial Equality Strategy 2015 – 2015: Consultation Analysis document
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.
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 2017/18 fund is now open for applications.
In line with the recommendations made by the evaluation of the Fund, the three tier funding approach will be continued:
Entry level / Pathfinder MEDF – This may include volunteer led groups / relationship building. It will also include project funding. Funding of between £100 - £10,000.
Awards may be for one-off events or for projects lasting up to one year (1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018).
Standard MEDF – This may include self help groups (which employ staff) and advocacy organisations which provide a level of service and integration activities. Funding of between £10,000 - £45,000 for one year.
Tier 2 will be open to applications once with funding running from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018, subject to satisfactory performance by the funded organisation.
High level MEDF – This includes large scale service provision for Departments and a number of large scale integration activities. It will also include a mentoring role with smaller organisations, therefore facilitating collaborative joined up approach. Funding of between £45,000 - £75,000 for one year.
Tier 3 will be open to applications once with funding running from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.
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
BT4 3SR Tel: 028 9052 8560
Closing time for receipt of all applications is 2pm on 2 March 2017
A number of funding seminars have been arranged to provide further information on the process for potential applicants:
|15 February - 11am||Holywell DiverseCity Community Partnership, 10-14 Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry|
|16 February - 2pm||NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast|
|17 February - 11am||Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon|
We recommend that you attend one of these seminars if you wish to apply - attendance is optional, but if you are planning on coming please confirm by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on: 028 9052 8560.
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
- Race Relations Order (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003
- Race Relations Order (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 - Equality Impact Assessment
- Race Relations Order (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 - Regulatory Impact Assessment
- Race Relations Order (Seamen Recruited Abroad) Order (Northern Ireland) 2003 - Regulatory Impact Assessment
- Race Directive - A note on Implementation In Northern Ireland
- Race Relations Order (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009
- Race Relations Order (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 - Regulatory Impact Assessment