PEACE III Funding.
The 3 Boroughs of Carrickfergus, Antrim and Newtownabbey have formed the CAN Peace III Cluster and in line with guidance issued by the Special European Union Programmes Body, the Partnership has developed a Strategy and Action Plan, which has been approved by the Management Authority attracting an award of £1,954,868 (Phase 1).
The Peace III Programme is a distinctive programme, part-funded by the European Union. The main aims of the programme are to reinforce progress towards a stable and peaceful society and to promote reconciliation by assisting operations and projects which help to reconcile communities and contribute towards a shared society for everyone. The Peace III Programme is divided into 2 main priorities:
- Reconciling Communities
- Contributing to a Shared Society
The Programme delivers these priorities through the following 'themes':
- To build positive relations at a local level - cross community and cross border initiatives and long term activities in priority communities as a result of local action. Sectarianism and racism decrease in social life where new opportunities for collaboration are created and minority groups are more integrated.
- To acknowledge the past - victims and survivors are able to deal with the past on their own terms. Significant groups of the population are able to see and hear about a different culture and history of the conflict.
- To create shared public spaces - these are changes in behavioural patterns for shopping, working socialising and the usage of facilities by all.
- To develop key institutional capacity for a shared society - key institutions develop a capacity to deliver a shared future. Public service delivery is adjusted to deal in a targeted and concerted manner with issues that contribute to a shared society.
The Peace III Programme follows on from the Peace I and Peace II Programmes and will carry forward some of the key aspects of these programmes, with a renewed emphasis on reconciliation. It also has a focus on cross border initiatives.
Under Phase 1 of the Peace III Programme the following local groups were successful under the small grants programme:
Carrickfergus YMCA - Glenfield/Castlemara Parents and Kids Together - £24,831
Carrickfergus YMCA - Youth & Community Centre - £35,750
Carrickfergus YMCA - Woodburn/Sunnylands Parents and Kids Together - £28,285
Carrickfergus Enterprise - Understanding Ourselves, Respecting Others - £21,110
Carrickfergus Rugby Club - Carrick Rugby Outreach Programmes - £30,000
Glenfield Community Association - The 4 C's Project - £25,835
St. Nicholas Parish - Carrick Front Squad Revisited - £13,935
Carrickfergus will also benefit from the following projects which will be delivered across the 3 Cluster areas:
Community Development Agency / SEACF - Dealing with Perceptions - £28,950
Making Music Workshops - Give Yourself a Voice - £28,188
University of Ulster - Sport and Community Education - £27,640
University of Ulster - Sport and Community Integration - £22,950
Early Years - Media Initiative for Children, Respecting Differences - £29,645
The CAN Peace III Partnership have now launched Phase 2 of the Peace III Programme (2011 - 2013). The programme continues to focus on challenging sectarianism and racism and on building relationships at a local level.
Phase 2 of the Peace III Programme has a Cross Cutting Theme and 3 Priorities under which projects have been developed.
The Cross Cutting Theme is to Invest in Relationships for Peace Building and the Priorities are:
1. Investing in Leadership for a Share Society
2. Investing in Cohesion and Integration
3. Investing in Families and Young People
For further information visit www.canpeace3.org or contact Alison Keenan, Programme Co-ordinator on Tel: 028 9034 0212.
For further information please contact:
Telephone: 028 9335 8051