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International Fund for Ireland unveils £3.4m/€4.1m support for 16 community projects

Published on:  17 Apr 2018

The International Fund for Ireland today confirmed £3.4m/€4.1m of financial support for 16 community projects in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties of Ireland.

The funding, approved at the organisation’s recent Board Meeting, includes more than £2.3m/€2.8m that is allocated across 10 projects within the Personal Youth Development Programme. These initiatives support vulnerable young people to reengage in training and learning activities and reduce the risk of being drawn into violence, crime and addiction.

Almost £1m/€1.1m has also been allocated across five projects in the Peace Impact Programme (PIP), which assists marginalised communities to resolve complex issues relating to identity and the conflict.  

Meanwhile, the Fund’s Peace Walls Programme has granted £180,000/€216,000 to Twaddell Ardoyne Shankill Communities in Transition (TASCIT) in support of efforts to build cross-community confidence and dialogue on interface barriers.  

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

“We are pleased to be awarding assistance to 16 groups that are stepping up to address difficult problems that can divide and isolate people. The risks that projects are taking, with our support, are paying dividends at a challenging time for communities. Our work over the decades has been conducted in parallel with the political process and the current context has only served to strengthen our resolve to support people to remain engaged in peacebuilding activities and resist polarisation.

“Our steady and careful approach has enabled communities to move forward and secure significant progress on a number of complex issues. Investments made through our current strategy are achieving a great deal, but much more remains to be done. Communities need to see urgent and proactive delivery on commitments made in the Fresh Start Agreement and the Tackling Paramilitarism agenda.”

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

The latest funding package includes awards to six new projects including:

  • £200,500 / €240,600 to Turas Na nDaoine, County Fermanagh, for a two-year project that will seek to address a number of conflict-related issues and improve employability through a series of social economy training activities in the east of the county.
  • £165,960 / €199,952 to Newtowncunningham Community Outreach Project, County Donegal, for a two-year cross-border and cross-community project that will facilitate peacebuilding activities in the town and work to establish an inclusive model of engagement between the two larger traditions and minority communities.
  • £219,250 / €264,157 to Foroige Sligo (YESS) for a one-year project that will engage 15 young people aged 16-25 within Tubbercurry, Ballymoate and south Sligo. The project will offer positive experiences, build personal qualities and skills bases so that participants can proceed into employment or further levels within the programme. 

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

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