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Building Foundations

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Building Foundations initiatives are active in the most marginalised communities of Northern Ireland and the southern border counties, working to create the conditions for reconciliation and a long-term shared future.

Each of the programmes addresses key issues of deprivation, social cohesion, and community leadership in order to help make community-led change possible and sustainable.

The Community Based Economic and Social Regeneration Programme

The Community Based Economic and Social Regeneration Programme aims to help the most socially and economically disadvantaged regions in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties achieve community development and sustainable reconciliation through the funding of cross-community and cross-border projects capable of delivering real change for those living within the area.

This Programme is now closed.

Case Study:


Building Foundations - Eco Social Regen

Dromore, County Down
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
article thumbnailAt the start of the second phase of the Communities in Transition Programme, the town of Dromore, some 19 miles south west of Belfast, had only one small community development group. It was located...

The Community Leadership Programme

Established in 1993, the Community Leadership Programme is now in its fifth phase and continues to offer exciting and innovative training and learning opportunities which aim to strengthen the leadership capacity of community groups. The Programme goal is to empower communities to develop their leadership skills, and in turn to enable them to build more effective communities and improve  local social, economic and community relations conditions.

The current Programme will be delivered to 35 groups over a one year period in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties, in areas of weak community infrastructure and disadvantage. The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) has been appointed to deliver the Programme and will recruit community-based organisations according to greatest need, stage of development, potential to gain from the Programme and commitment to learning and development, including willingness to network with others.

For further information about the Community Leadership Programme and/or an expression of interest form to take part in the 2012-2013 Programme, go to www.communityleadershipprogramme.org or please contact:

This Programme is now closed.


Case Study:


Building Foundations - Case Studies

3 CAP Project
Monday, 11 March 2013
article thumbnailThe 3 CAP Project is a two-year initiative aimed at strengthening connections and encouraging greater interaction between the three rural communities of Ballinaglera in County Leitrim and Boho and Killesher in County Fermanagh. All three areas suffer from problems of long-term unemployment and high rates of youth migration which have become more pronounced since the economic downturn.
Beyond Beliefs Data
Monday, 11 March 2013
article thumbnailThe Louth Leader Partnership, in association with local community organisations Le Chéile CDP and Áit na nDaoine CDP, were granted financial assistance in June 2010 to deliver a two-year project ‘Beyond Beliefs Data.’ The project uses the neutral territory of IT training, with a particular focus on multi-media skills, and was designed to use shared learning and experiences as tools to promote reconciliation between Nationalist communities in Cox’s Demesne and Muirhevnamor, Dundalk and the...
Communities in Transition
Monday, 11 March 2013
article thumbnailAccording to Kat Healy, Policy, Research and Evaluation Officer of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, tensions with both the Unionist and Nationalist areas taking part in the Communities in Transition (CIT) Programme have risen in recent time due to the activities of dissidents and breakaway groups.
article thumbnailNewtownabbey Community Relations Forum was offered financial assistance from the International Fund for Ireland in 2009 to refurbish its headquarters, the historic Barron Hall in Newtownabbey. This work was designed to allow for wider use of the premises and increase the range of services on offer.
Clonduff Cregagh Transition Group.
Sunday, 01 July 2012
article thumbnailClonduff and Cregagh are two large, mainly Protestant, housing estates in East Belfast, both previously subject to Loyalist paramilitary influence but each historically linked to different and opposed Loyalist groupings. Both communities faced similar issues and yet prior to joining the Communities in Transition Programme 2 neither had formally worked with each other.
Killybegs Women’s Group (KWG)
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
article thumbnailKillybegs Women’s Group (KWG) in County Donegal was formed in 1997 and provides a broad range of support for women within the Killybegs and district area. Much of their work focuses on making women feel physically and mentally well to cope with a largely isolated and lonely life as a woman in a fishing community.
Woman Ahead
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
article thumbnailWoman Ahead came onto the Community Leadership Programme (CLP) looking for new skills, more confidence and help to work towards improving their local community in Bowtown, Newtownards, County Down.


The Communities in Transition Programme

The Communities in Transition Programme is one of the Fund’s key initiatives that seeks to address deeply rooted social, economic and political problems. The Programme focuses on areas with poor community infrastructure which experience ongoing community tension and alienation. It operates at a grassroots level and mobilises local people to encourage self-help within these marginalised communities.

The Communities in Transition Programme has proved successful in empowering communities to exercise a greater influence on developments in their own area. The Communities in Transition Programme is delivered on behalf of the Fund by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

This Programme is now closed.

The Community Leadership Programme

Established in 1993, the Community Leadership Programme is now in its fifth phase and continues to offer exciting and innovative training and learning opportunities which aim to strengthen the leadership capacity of community groups. The Programme goal is to empower communities to develop their leadership skills, and in turn to enable them to build more effective communities and improve  local social, economic and community relations conditions.

The current Programme will be delivered to 35 groups over a one year period in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties, in areas of weak community infrastructure and disadvantage. The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) has been appointed to deliver the Programme and will recruit community-based organisations according to greatest need, stage of development, potential to gain from the Programme and commitment to learning and development, including willingness to network with others.

For further information about the Community Leadership Programme and/or an expression of interest form to take part in the 2012-2013 Programme, go to www.communityleadershipprogramme.org or please contact:


Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA)
61 Duncairn Gardens
Belfast
BT15 2GB
Tel: + 44 (0) 28 9087 7777
www.communityleadershipprogramme.org