The new PEACE IV programme for Mid Ulster, worth £2.8M in funding to the region until 2020, has been launched on Wednesday 21 June.
More than 100 local people gathered to learn more about how the programme, a unique initiative of the European Union which has been designed to support peace and reconciliation in the Border Region of Ireland and Northern Ireland, is to be rolled out in the district.
Grouped around three strategic themes, Children and Young People, Building Positive Relations and Shared Spaces and Services, the programme will see a series of projects developed over the next 3 years, and begins next month with a small grants application programme for the voluntary and community sector.
Speaking at the launch event, Councillor Kim Ashton, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, and also a member of the Mid Ulster PEACE IV Partnership, welcomed the funding:
“The PEACE IV programme has the community at its core and this substantial allocation of funding will bring real benefits to local people across Mid Ulster, whether through Council-led initiatives or through others delivered by one of our community partners.
“I’m very pleased that we are hitting the ground running with a small grants programme opening at the beginning of July and look forward to seeing how we maximise the return on this investment for our local communities across Mid Ulster.
Councillor Ashton also thanked the Special European Union Programmes Body (SEUPB), which manages the European Union’s PEACE IV programme, for the funding allocation.
Also speaking at the launch event, Gina McIntyre, CEO of the SEUPB, said:
"I am delighted to be able to help celebrate the EU funded work that will be undertaken by Mid Ulster District Council. The PEACE Programme is unique across Europe and represents a lot more than just financial support. It will help to create strong partnerships with many different groups and organisations, who by working together will reinforce peace and stability across the region. This is one of the key benefits of the programme as it creates new relationships built on mutual trust, respect and understanding."
For more information on the PEACE IV Programme in Mid Ulster and how to apply for the small grants application which opens on 3 July and closes on 29 September 2017, visit www.midulstercouncil.org/PEACEIV or contact Deirdre McCann, PEACE Officer on 03000 132 132, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
Representatives of the Mid Ulster District Council PEACE IV Partnership at the launch of the Mid Ulster PEACE IV programme. From left to right: Cllr Denise Mullen, Martin Fahy, Ruth McKelvey, Cllr Sean McPeake, Gina McIntyre, Loraine Griffin, Stephen Crabbe, Cllr Derek McKinney, Conor Corr; On the steps – Cllr Trevor Wilson, Seamus Donnelly and Michael Dallat.