Since it was established in 1986, the International Fund for Ireland has worked tirelessly and impartially towards achieving lasting peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties.
In that time, countless individuals and communities across Northern Ireland and the southern border counties have benefited from the Fund’s support.
The Fund’s key achievements include:
- supporting over 5,800 projects across Northern Ireland and the southern border counties;
- leveraging other funding of almost £1.4 billion / €1.68 billion by putting ‘first money on the table’; and
- helping to create 55,000 direct and indirect jobs.
An external review of the Fund’s activities by Deloitte MCS Ltd in 2010 found that:
- the Fund has acquired and demonstrated considerable knowledge of how programmes focused on sharing and reconciliation can be developed and delivered;
- the Fund is acknowledged as an important element of the Peace Process;
- the Fund’s approach continues to be at the leading edge of programmes aimed at sharing and reconciliation between the two communities
- there is a continued rationale and need for the Fund to provide support to sustain and develop what peace we have.
A similar review of the Fund’s activities by Deloitte MCS Ltd in 2005 found that:
- the Fund has a unique standing within all communities throughout the island of Ireland, notably within areas regarded as most difficult to reach and it has been able to transcend ‘political’ disputes and tensions;
- the Fund is seen to adopt a partnership approach with local communities that is unique in the funding world;
- the vast majority of projects supported by the Fund have been located in areas designated as disadvantaged; and
- nearly 75% of projects supported by the Fund will be continued under a self-sustainable income generating basis.