The International Fund for Ireland today confirmed €4.6m/£3.8m of financial assistance that will be shared between 32 community projects in Northern Ireland and the Southern border counties.
The funding, approved at the organisation’s recent Board Meeting in County Cavan, will see €2.2m/£1.9m shared among 15 projects that support vulnerable young people to reengage in training and learning activities and reduce the risk of being drawn into violence, crime and addiction.
More than €1.6m/£1.3m will be shared among 12 Peace Impact projects that work to address difficult issues linked to the legacy of conflict and some will engage with young people who are at risk of becoming involved in sectarian or anti-social activity. A further €770,000/£641,000 has been allocated to five initiatives that are developing new dialogue on the future of Peace Walls.
Dr Adrian Johnston, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland, said:
“We are pleased to award financial assistance to the 32 projects and commend them for their bravery and leadership in challenging environments. Sustained political deadlock, reduced public spending and Brexit have placed new pressures on marginalised communities. This allocation of funding is timely and supports urgent action at a community level.
“The risks that projects are taking are paying dividends at a difficult time for communities and the Peace Process. They have been active in creating new opportunities for people to engage in peacebuilding activities, transform lives and disrupt the cycle of violence.”
“Our work over the decades has been conducted in parallel with a political process. While the crisis facing the political institutions in Northern Ireland cannot be underestimated, it remains our hope that the political parties will resolve once again to form a partnership government.”
The Chairman took the opportunity to thank the international donors to the Fund - the European Union and the Governments of the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand - for their support.
The latest funding package includes awards to five new projects including:
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