The European Union, in recognition of the significant challenges that face Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland, has made a specific allocation of funding within the new regulations 2014-2020 to address issues associated with the creation of a more peaceful society. These regulations have made provision for a budget of €229m for a new PEACE Programme under the European Regional Development Fund.
The new programme - Peace IV - will provide support to projects that contribute towards the promotion of greater levels of peace and reconciliation. It will place a strong emphasis on promoting cross-community relations and understanding in order to create a more cohesive society.
The County Leitrim Peace IV Partnership, a sub-committee of Leitrim Community Development Committee (LCDC), is drawing up the Peace IV Strategic Plan 2017-2020 for the county.
Approximately €1.8m worth of funding has been offered to Leitrim County Council. The funding will be used to support a number of locally-based projects and initiatives that will promote positive relations between people from different communities and backgrounds under the following Programme Headings
- Children and Young People
- Shared Spaces & Services
- Building Positive Relations
Action Plans will engage and include the following target groups in reconciliation activities, including cross border initiatives.
Match-funding for this element of the PEACE IV Programme has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government in Ireland. For further information please contact email@example.com
The European Union’s PEACE IV Programme is managed by the Special EU programmes Body (SEUPB)