Capacity Building Funding

Supporting activity to raise awareness and understanding of Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation, Religion or Belief) Regulations

The Government recognises that intermediary organisations (employers’ bodies, unions, voluntary and community bodies) play an important role in supporting the practical application of the new legislation.

Between 2003 and 2005 we made £2.1 million available to a range of such organisations from across the UK so they could offer advice on sexual orientation and religion or belief employment issues.

Projects supported used a wide range of initiatives from seminars and road-shows to guides and leaflets to help businesses and individuals understand their new rights and responsibilities under the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation and Religion or Belief) Regulations. The intention was to develop some longer-term capacity in the newer legislative areas, before the Commission on Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) comes into operation.

In 2005 responsibility for this work was transferred to the Women and Equality Unit, Department for Communities and Local Government and the focus shifted from awareness-raising to more capacity-building through sustainable projects in preparation for the launch of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR). Further information on projects for 2005-07 can be found at

Outcomes of work on this programme are being considered as part of a programme of activity supporting the European Year of Opportunity for All. This programme is being taken forward by Communities and Local Government, in partnership with the CEHR and further details can be found at