Fund looks to the future with commitment to new Peace Studies Chair
The International Fund for
The announcement was made following the Fund's recent Board meeting which took place in Rathmullan,
"We are immensely proud of the contribution the International Fund for
“Today’s funding announcement is particularly focussed on looking to the future in Northern Ireland and in the border region and through our Leaving a Legacy Programme, we are delighted to give our financial commitment and support to a number of exciting projects that will make a sustainable contribution to promoting peace building efforts. We are also supporting a significant number of projects under our Community Based Economic and Social Regeneration Programme in which we aim to promote cross-community and cross-border contact in recognised areas of disadvantage and social isolation.”
The Chairman also took the opportunity to thank the international donors to the Fund – the European Union and the Governments of the
This latest funding package which amounts to £3.7m/€4.5m includes specific allocations to a number of key programmes and projects as follows:
Full Details of Funding Announcement - November 2011
Community Based Economic and Social Regeneration
Newtowncunningham Inter- Church Committee
£95,766/€114,919 towards a two-year programme of activities including healthy living, arts and crafts, history story-telling, sport, and IT training. Each activity will have a direct community relations outcome. The village is situated in the middle of the Laggan in Donegal close to the Donegal/Derry/Londonderry border, where the protestant community represents between 30 - 45% of the community. The Interchurch Committee has an impressive record of cross-community work and will use these events to address the silent sectarianism which is still evident in the
Malin Head Community Association
£85,000/€102,000 towards the delivery of a Community Development Programme in Malin Head and the surrounding areas. Malin Head is part of the wider hinterland of Derry/Londonderry and has its own legacy of the Troubles. The programme will develop the newly renovated community centre as a shared community space and bring the communities of both traditions together through a range of activities aimed at promoting reconciliation, building positive relationships and socially and economically regenerating the local community. These activities will include parenting classes, healthy eating, performing arts and after-school clubs.
Belturbet Community Development Association
£273,375/€328,050 towards capital refurbishment of the local Town Hall which will be redeveloped as a community development facility in commemoration of the two young people, Geraldine O’Reilly from Belturbet and Patrick Stanley from Clara, County Offaly, who were killed by a loyalist car bomb in Belturbet on 28th December 1972. Belturbet Community Development Association is the lead agency for supporting and developing the capacity of the people of Belturbet. The project shall be enhanced by engaging a broad cross-section of the communities in dedicated training and reconciliation and peace building activities.
Smashing Times Theatre Group
£144,448/€173,338 towards the implementation of a two-year project involving theatre, drama and the arts. The project aims to use the arts as a means of working initially with 3 identified groups from the east border region. The project will subsequently deliver workshops, seminars and facilitated performances to support and train community groups, teachers, facilitators etc in the use of drama as a tool for reconciliation. Through working with the initial groups they hope to extend the project to other groups and communities in the border region and to maximise the sustainability of the project and the use of drama as a tool for reconciliation in the future in the region. All activities will be aimed at increasing local capacity and promoting reconciliation amongst participants from both sides of the community.
Cavan County Council – Together for the Future
£210,133/€252,160 towards a two-year project which will utilise drama, music and the creative arts to deliver a message of peace and reconciliation to participants and to the wider community through its cross-community and cross-border audiences, ultimately building a shared future for the cross-border area. Cavan County Council has a particular strength and track record in utilising the arts as a medium to develop peace and reconciliation on a cross-community basis. They have also developed significant cross-border relationships particularly in
Community Bridges Programme
LINC Resource Centre
£289,442/€347,330 towards the cost of the ‘Learning Through Engagement’ project which will provide a series of activities targeted at urban and rural women’s groups in Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Fermanagh and the southern border counties leading to cross-community and cross-border collaboration for mutual development. It will create a learning experience that will train and empower women’s groups to create and deliver local cross-community programmes which will continue after the project ends. The project will connect participant groups to a province-wide and cross-border Learning Through Engagement network that will support on-going community relations skills and inform local community initiatives. These encounters will be reinforced by on-going mentoring support and a series of formal training events under the themes of Leadership Development; Citizenship and Civic Society;
£220,884/€265,060 towards the cost of the Together Stronger project using the shared space at the Duncairn complex on the
Integrating Community Organisations Programme
£109,930/€131,916 towards the next phase of the Finding Your Place project. In November 2008 and May 2009 the International Fund for
Leaving a Legacy
The Open Hands Centre
£903,845/€1,084,614 in capital funding towards a shared centre at the Peace Wall in
£1,000,000/€1,200,000 towards the cost of establishing a new Chair of Peace Studies at the
For further information about our funding programmes, or for information on how to apply for funding, please contact the person(s) or organisation(s) identifed at the end of the relevant programme summary in the areas of activity section.
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