Two funding calls, together worth over €90 million for peace projects in Northern Ireland and border counties, have opened under the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
€53 million will now be made available under the ‘Shared Spaces & Services’ objective of the Programme.
Designed to create up to eight new, iconic civic spaces that can be used by all sections of the community, successful applicants must be able to demonstrate that their project will have a transformative effect both locally and regionally.
€38 million will also be made available for the ‘Children & Young People’ (aged 14-24) objective of the Programme. The funding will be targeted at young people who are disadvantaged and are at risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour, violence or dissident activity.
The objective will result in an increase in the percentage of young people who socialise with people from a different community and who think that relations between Protestants and Catholics are better than they were five years ago.
In order to help support applicants to access the funding for the ‘Children & Young People’ call the Special EU Programmes Body will be co-ordinating two workshops:
- Tuesday 15 November (9.45am-12.30pm), Ballymascanlon Hotel, Louth
- Thursday 17 November (9.45am-12.30pm), Skainos Centre, Belfast.
To register for a place on these workshops, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department for the Economy (DfE) has recently undertaken a significant youth pilot project with similar goals to the work anticipated under the Children & Young People call. The DfE will present on the evaluation of this pilot activity at both events from 2pm-4pm.
Main image: Dove of peace signpost – JoeManjiArts on Shutterstock.com
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