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Equal opportunities

Most funders will want to see that the organisations they give grants to have a commitment to equal opportunities. By this they will probably mean that the organisation has

  • fair employment and management practices which don't discriminate against people on the grounds of (at least) ethnicity, gender, age and disability and (possibly) sexual orientation and caring responsibilities for others; and
  • actively ensures that the services it offers don't discriminate either.

Many funders will expect groups to have a written equal opportunities policy. They may also look at the membership of the organisation, the composition of its Board of Management Committee, the language used in the annual report and other publications, and the sorts of people that use its services for evidence that the group has thought about equal opportunities issues.

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