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Flanagan announces €1.3m of funding to support peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland

Funding, Ireland, Minister Charles Flanagan, Northern Ireland Peace Process, Press Releases, Northern Ireland, Ireland, 2016

 

 

Minister Flanagan announces €1.3m of funding to support peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, has announced €1.3 m in recent grants to support community organisations working in Northern Ireland and throughout the Border region, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Reconciliation Fund.

Announcing the funding, Minister Flanagan said:

“I am delighted to announce that my Department will be supporting more than seventy organisations on both sides of the border through over €1.3m of funding. Peace, reconciliation, mutual respect and inclusion must be at the heart of communities - this is central to the vision of the Good Friday Agreement and of the Reconciliation Fund and the projects it supports across the island.

“The support given to community organisations through the Reconciliation Fund is a key pillar of the Government’s efforts to promote ever greater peace and reconciliation. The Government is proud to work closely with civil society in building a brighter future for the people of this island.”

The projects supported in this round of funding, the majority of which operate on a cross-community basis, cover a range of sectors including youth, culture and language, sports, dealing with the legacy of the past, and women, peace and security. It also includes support for the Glencree Centre for their programme of activities, including their work in support of peace and reconciliation.

As the State’s programme to commemorate the 2016 centenaries continues, Minister Flanagan welcomed the fact that a number of the projects funded will engage with these important moments in the island’s history. Minister Flanagan added:

“I am glad to see that a range of groups from across the community will, with the support of the Reconciliation Fund, take advantage of the rich opportunities offered by the 2016 centenaries to explore our shared and overlapping histories. It is fitting that one hundred years on from seminal events such as the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme, communities will come together to reflect on the past in a spirit of reconciliation and respect.”

ENDS
Press Office
31 January 2016

Notes for Editors:

As part of the Good Friday Agreement, all parties to the Agreement undertook to “positively examine the case for enhanced financial assistance for the work of reconciliation".

As a result, since the signing of the Agreement the Irish Government has provided significant support through the Reconciliation Fund. In the Stormont House Agreement, the Government committed to “support measures to promote reconciliation, including through continued annual provision of €2.7m in the Reconciliation Fund”.

Applications for the next round of funding must be received by Monday 4 April 2016; information and application forms can be found at www.dfa.ie/reconciliation

Projects approved for funding under the recent round of grants are set out below:

 

Organisation

Amount

Artillery Youth Services

€5,400

Atlantic Youth Trust

€10,000

Ballinamallard Fisher Park

€1,500

Ballybeen Women’s Centre

€12,000

Ballykeel2 Residents’s Association

€3,500

Ballymoney Community Resource Centre

€3,000

Belfast YMCA

€8,000

Bloody Sunday Trust

€17,000

British Irish Association

€20,000

Building Communities

€5,000

CAIN Web Services

€30,000

Carey Historical Society

€3,000

Celtronic Derry

€5,000

Centre for Cross Border Studies

€10,000

Centre for Democrary & Peace Building

€15,000

Centre for Studies in Irish Protestantism

€40,000

Churches Trust Limited

€10,000

Church Hill Silver Band

€4,000

City Centre Initiative

€12,000

Clonard Monastery Youth Centre

€6,000

Coiste na n-Iarchimí

€30,000

Community Engagement Network

€10,000

Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer

€11,715

Cookstown & District Women’s Group

€9,600

Corpus Christi Youth Centre

€15,000

Creeney Films

€10,000

Dove House Community Trust

€7,778

Dublin City Council Public Libraries

€15,000

Duncairn Community Partnership

€7,000

EPIC (ex- Prisoners Interpretative Centre)

€5,000

European Youth Parliament

€5,000

Falls Community Council

€5,000

Forthspring Inter Community Group

€10,000

Gaeláras

€15,000

Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation

€350,000

Greenore Greencastle Community Association

€10,000

Holywell Trust

€25,000

Impact Training NI

€20,000

Inishowen Women’s Information

€6,000

Institute for Conflict Research

€25,000

Junction (The)

€35,000

Kells Literary & Cultural Festival Committee

€10,000

Kid’s Own Publishing Ltd

€15,000

Kilkeel Parish Bridge Association

€5,050

Newhill Football Club

€6,760

NI Council for Integrated Education NICIE

€25,000

North West Play Resource (The Playhouse)

€20,000

Old Library Trust

€10,000

Partners in Catalyst

€5,000

Peaceful Futures

€12,000

PeacePlayers International NI

€10,000

Raphoe Orange Lodge

€3,000

Poetry Ireland

€7,000

Reach Across

€6,000

Shankill Women’s Centre

€30,000

Short Strand Women’s Group

€10,000

Sligo County Council

€100,000

Smashing Times Theatre Company

€20,000

Speedwell Trust

€15,000

St Columb’s Cathedral, Derry

€6,000

St Columb’s Park House

€25,000

St Louis House

€9,000

St Malachy’s Youth Centre

€9,000

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

€5,000

St Patrick’s Centre, Downpatrick

€8,000

Tara Centre, Omagh

€40,000

Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation

€20,000

Training for Women Network

€15,000

Ulster Canada Initiative

€4,500

UCD School of History

€5,000

Windsor Women’s Centre

€7,000

Women for Election

€9,000

Women’s Tec

€10,000

Young at Art

€12,000

Youth Initiatives

€18,000