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S5W-16242: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 27 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how much of the £500,000 of funding announced in 2017-18 for anti-sectarianism projects was spent.

Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 11 May 2018

Since 2012 the Scottish Government has invested a total of £13.5 million to support work to tackle sectarianism. In 2017-18 the Scottish Government invested the full £500,000 of funding to tackle sectarianism in communities. This work had a particular focus on delivering educational initiatives. We are building on this work in 2018-19 by providing a real terms increase of 3% so that our total investment in 2018-19 will be the £515,000.

The following table sets out the final funding allocation for 2017-18:




Project focus

Sense Over Sectarianism


Work in schools to build the capacity of teachers and practitioners in the field of education to enable increased delivery of the new national anti-sectarian education resource in schools across Scotland.

Nil by Mouth


Embedding anti-sectarian workplace education within local authorities and other employers, ensuring that anti-sectarian policies and practices are recognised within these organisation’s work and policies.

Supporters Direct Scotland


Working with and providing educational input to participants and coaches in the Scottish Football Associations Schools of Football; sport/coaching students at colleges across Scotland; and working with Supporter Liaison Officers to deliver positive messaging to supporters to tackle unacceptable conduct.

Youth Scotland


Building the capacity of young people and youth workers to deliver community-based education and action to tackle sectarianism across Scotland. Increasing the number of young people who are capable of delivering peer-led education and activities to tackle sectarianism.

Bridging the Gap


Developing work between high school pupils and primary pupils in the South side of Glasgow. Building knowledge and experience of secondary pupils who then work with primary pupils in peer-led education and transiation. Knowledge, expertise and development of the programme and young people is also built through close links the Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland.

North Kelvin Sports Development


Bringing pupils from local schools together through afterschool sessions, closely working with active school coordinators to educate and challenge young people about sectarianism in West Central Scotland in a sport based environment.



Delivering a national service providing diversion from prosecution across Scotland for those involved in sectarian and hate behaviour. Complimenting this work in prisons to tackle the root cause of discrimination while challenging the attitudes and behaviours that contribute to offending.



Joint project developing a toolkit for mainstreaming anti-sectarian policies and practices within the broader equalities practice of organisations. The toolkit can be used by any organisation which have a key role in ensuring they are exemplars of good equality practice.

Glasgow Women’s Library


YouthLink Scotland


Development of the Action on Sectarianism Website increasing digital participation and activity by extending the promotion and use of the educational resources available on the site – the wide range of resources available means that there is a resource that can be adapted to every educational environment.