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S5W-00626: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 9 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what work in communities to tackle sectarianism it is funding, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) project.

Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 17 June 2016

The Scottish Government is investing over £1 million to support the delivery of community-based work to tackle sectarianism in 2016-17. The funding takes the total Scottish Government investment in work tackling sectarianism to £12.5 million over five years, more than any administration before us.

The 20 projects receiving grant funding in 2016-17 are focussed on taking forward the recommendations of the independent advisory group on tackling sectarianism in Scotland and are set out in the following table:



Delivery areas

Local Authority

Funding amount

Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap


Glasgow City Council


Community Links

Past and Present


South Lanarkshire Council; and North Lanarkshire Council


Citizens Theatre

Divided City


West Dunbartonshire Council


Glasgow Womens Library

Equality in Progress – In Her Shoes

Glasgow and Dunbartonshire

Glasgow City Council; and East Dunbartonshire Council


Inverclyde Community Development Trust

Gies’ Peace


Inverclyde Council


Faith in Community Scotland, Conforti Institute and Place for Hope

In Wi’ the Mix

West Central Scotland

Glasgow City Council; North Lanarkshire Council; South Lanarkshire Council; and East Ayrshire Council


ICthinking (Cambridge) Ltd

I SEE Scotland Ltd


Falkirk Council


Nil by Mouth

Beyond Relgion and Belief

Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Perth, Kinross, Edinburgh, and West Lothian

North Ayrshire Council; East Ayrshire Council; North Lanarkshire Council; South Lanarkshire Council; Perth and Kinross Council; City of Edinburgh Council; and West Lothian Council


North Kelvinside Sports Development Group

Bridges and Barriers


Glasgow City Council


Parkhead Youth Project

Nae Mare Excuses


Glasgow City Council



STOP – (Sacro Tackling Offending Prejudice)




Scottish Community Development Centre

Supporting Communities to Tackle Sectarianism (SCoTTS)

West Central Scotland

Glasgow City Council; North Lanarkshire Council; South Lanarkshire Council; and East Ayrshire Council


Sense Over Sectarianism

Sense Over Sectarianism


Glasgow City Council


Show Bigotry the Red Card


Glasgow City and West Central Scotland

Glasgow City Council


Stewartry Community Voluntary Service

Stand Up To Hate

Wigtown; Stewartry; Nithsdale; and Annandale and Eskdale

Dumfries and Galloway Council


Supporters Direct Scotland

Colours of Our Scarves




West of Scotland Regional Equality Council

Connecting Communities, Challenging Hate

Glasgow; Lanarkshire; Renfrewshire; Argyle and Bute

Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council, Renfrewshire Council; Argyle and Bute Council


Xchange Scotland

Spread the Action!

West Central Scotland

Glasgow City Council; North Lanarkshire Council; South Lanarkshire Council; and East Ayrshire Council


Youth Scotland

Stand Up to Sectarianism




Youthlink Scotland

Action on Sectarianism Optimisation and Outreach

National (online)



Voluntary Action Fund

Fund Grant Managers






There is a very strong focus on education within the work being delivered, particularly through the work of Sense Over Sectarianism; Nil by Mouth; Show Bigotry the Red Card; Citizen’s Theatre and Bridging the Gap, and this builds on educational resources that have been developed since 2012 and are currently available free of charge through the Action on Sectarianism website including 20 resource packs, 16 case studies and an interactive timeline of the history of religion, migration and society in the making of modern Scotland.

Other approaches that will be taken in 2016-17 include direct community engagement through Inverclyde Community Development Trust; football based initiatives being delivered by the North Kelvinside Sports Development Group and Supporters Direct Scotland; and work with faith communities through the partnership of Faith in Community Scotland, the Conforti Institute and Place for Hope. This funding represents 20% of the Scottish Government’s Safer Communities budget.