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£225,000 FOR SCOTS VOLUNTARY GROUPS TACKLING RACE DISADVANTAGE

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The Scottish Office minister James Douglas-Hamilton has announced a£225,000 package to voluntary organisations wor...
The Scottish Office minister James Douglas-Hamilton has announced a£225,000 package to voluntary organisations working to reduce racial disadvantage and support ethnic minorities.

This represents a 12.5% increase in funding over previous years.

Announcing the fifth round of the ethnic minority grant scheme, Lord James said:

'Ethnic minority groups form a small but significant element of Scottish society and bring a diversity to our way of life in a way which the government and the wider community continue to value.

'It is important to recognise that racial equality is the fundamental right for all of our citizens and that is why I am delighted that nine new grants will be made in the coming financial year specifically to promote racial equality and to reduce racial disadvantage.

'This is on top of the four organisations already receiving support.

'The projects cover a wide range of ethnic minority groups and range from support for carers and for young victims of racial harassment to funding for an exhibition to celebrate Indian independence.'

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