Organisations which receive funding/grants which aid BSL users: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

You asked for information on charities and businesses who aid deaf British Sign Language users, specifically on which of the named organisations below received funds/grants from the Scottish Government in 2021/2022.

  • BDA
  • Institute of BSL
  • Sign Health
  • Signature
  • NDCS
  • RNID
  • RAD


The answer to your question is as below:

British Deaf Association (BDA) is receiving grant funding through the Equality and Human Rights Fund. Further information on this funding is available at: Equality and Human Rights Fund: projects funded - ( BDA also received funding of £10,000 for work on tackling social isolation and loneliness in January 2021.

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) is receiving funding from the Children Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities (CYPFEI & ALEC) third sector fund as follows;

  • Financial Year 2020/21 – covering April 2020 to March 2021 - £98,000
  • Financial Year 2021/22 – covering April 2021 to March 2022 - £98,000
  • Financial Year 2022/23 – covering April 2022 to March 2023 - £102,900

Royal National Institute of the Deaf (RNID) is receiving funding for their pilot ‘Near You’ project at a total of £55,508.28, which was paid on 1 October 2022.

We do not provide funding to the other organisations you have named in 2021 and 2022.

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