Equality Policy

The ACT Foundation Equality Policy 

 

General (or Policy Statement)

The ACT Foundation (“ACT”, “we” or “us”) are committed to promoting equal opportunities and believe that all applicants are entitled to equality of opportunity regardless of their sex, race, ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marital status or age.

In accordance with its legal responsibility, ACT will ensure that there is no discrimination against any applicant for any reason.

It will not segregate or differentiate between individuals on the grounds of:

  • race
  • colour
  • nationality
  • ethnic or national origin
  • religion or belief
  • disability
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage/civil partnership
  • age

Everyone at ACT will take responsibility for challenging stereotypes and all forms of discrimination.

Everyone at ACT will promote equality of opportunity and will investigate all complaints of discrimination

 

Scope of Policy

ACT will not discriminate or tolerate discrimination on grounds of sex, race, ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marital status or age or other grounds of discrimination not prohibited by legislation.

Equal opportunities should be implicit and explicit in all policies and procedures.

 

Equal Opportunities

ACT is committed to equal treatment for all, regardless of an applicant’s race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or social background.  At no time does ACT make decisions which are either directly or indirectly discriminatory.

 

Sex Discrimination

All applicants will be treated the same way, irrespective of sex.

 

Sexual Orientation and Homophobia Discrimination

ACT will not discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone because of his or her actual or perceived sexual orientation.

ACT will not tolerate the harassment or victimisation of anyone because of his or her actual or perceived sexual orientation.

ACT will promote equality of opportunity for all applicants regardless of their sexual orientation.

 

Gender Reassignment

ACT will not discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone regardless of whether they have undergone gender reassignment surgery.

 

Racial Discrimination

ACT will promote equal opportunity and good race relations and will not discriminate against anyone on the basis of:

  • race
  • colour
  • nationality or citizenship
  • ethnic or national origin

ACT will not tolerate any form of racial discrimination, racial harassment or inciting of racial hatred.  Incidents of this nature may be offences under criminal law and will be treated as such.

 

Religious Discrimination

ACT recognises, respects and values the various traditions, customs and rules of different religious groups and will not discriminate against any applicant on the grounds of their religion or belief.

 

Disability

ACT will not tolerate any form of discrimination against disabled applicants.  This includes the use of any derogatory term to indicate the disabled person’s supposed mental capacity.

No assumptions will be made about the general abilities of people who are disabled.  ACT will bear in mind that an applicant with special educational needs (SEN) is not necessarily disabled and that a disabled child does not necessarily have SEN.

ACT will try to help anyone finding it difficult to access the application form and general information.  If you are experiencing problems please contact the grants team.

 

Age 

ACT will not discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone because of his or her age.

 

Complaints

If an applicant is dissatisfied with an application decision they may request ACT’s complaints procedure.