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Nine community groups share International Fund for Ireland support

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IFI Board Meeting Feb 2015

The International Fund for Ireland today confirmed financial assistance worth more than half a million Euro (€588,000/£459,000) to be shared among nine community projects in Northern Ireland and the Southern Border Counties.

The funding, approved at the organisation’s recent Board meeting in County Leitrim, extends six ongoing initiatives and supports three new projects aimed at engaging with marginalised communities and opening new discussions on complex issues relating to identity and the conflict.

All are supported through the Fund’s Peace Impact Programme (PIP), which assists community groups to develop innovative solutions to sensitive and divisive issues and engage with young people who are vulnerable to paramilitary influence. 

Commenting on the announcement, Dr Adrian Johnston, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland, said:

“Over the last two years, we have focused considerable effort on reconnecting with marginalised individuals and groups who remain excluded from government and other interventions. The Peace Impact Programme has been a core part of that strategy, enabling 53 community projects to deliver impressive results and positive change in areas requiring intervention. As a result, the potential for violence has been reduced and many participants are finding employment and positive leadership roles in their community. 

“We have taken risks in the cause of peace and reached out to vulnerable young people in areas where the political settlement is strongly, often violently, opposed. The quality of our interventions has never been more evident and the need to engage with those who have had limited participation in peace building and community reconciliation activities has never been greater.”

He added: “We are pleased to offer financial assistance to three new Peace Impact projects, bringing the total to 56, and extensions to six ongoing initiatives. We commend them for their vision and determination to bring stability in challenging environments and offer new types of support and options to vulnerable and marginalised communities.”

The Chairman took the opportunity to thank the international donors to the Fund for their continued support – the European Union and the Governments of the United States of America, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

The latest funding package includes:

•             €33,094/£25,854 to extend the two-year Cox’s Demesne Youth and Community Project for an additional nine months in Dundalk, County Louth. The extension will allow CDY&CP  to offer further support to at risk young people from the Cox’s Demense and surrounding estates. The project allows them to undertake accredited training and improves their employability.

•             €33,445/£26,129 to extend the Sligo Young Enterprises’ Football in the Community Project for an additional nine months. The extension will support training aimed at increasing employability and building peer support.

•             £68,749/€87,998 to Twaddell & Woodvale Residents Association to deliver a 10-month pilot project in collaboration with the Twaddell Women’s Interface Group (TWIG) in North Belfast aimed at engaging young people  and women in an exciting new training and employability project.  The projects other themes will look at capacity building for the two groups and engaging young people and women in conflict transformation and peace building.

•             £31,050/€39,744 to James Connolly Cultural Youth Group to deliver a new 10-month peace building and cultural project that engages with young people in Derry/Londonderry who are supportive of, but feel excluded from, the current peace process as they are not part of the established groups involved.

The Peace Impact Programme aims to build sustainable peace and reconciliation within and between communities suffering from high levels of economic and social deprivation where there have been low levels of engagement in peace building and where there remains a continued risk of instability and violence.

Further information about all the beneficiaries from the International Fund for Ireland’s latest funding package click here to download press release.