The Sligo Peace IV Programme which is a beneficiary of EU PEACE IV funding has opened its Small Grants Fund for applications.
Sligo Peace IV Programme Small Grants Fund Open for Applications
The funding for County Sligo is being provided by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) through the Peace IV Programme. Match funding has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.
The Small Grants Fund has a budget of €159,811. It will support the promotion of positive relations characterised by respect, where cultural diversity is celebrated and people can live, learn and socialise together, free from prejudice, hate and intolerance. The aim is to support community led peace building initiatives throughout County Sligo. Funding is available at a rate of 100%. Awards of funding will range from a minimum €7,500 to a maximum €40,000.
The Sligo Peace IV Programme has identified the following key target groups for the Small Grants Fund:
- Victims of the conflict
- Displaced people, who have moved because of violence, sectarianism or racism
- People who have been excluded or marginalised from economic, social and civil networks as a result of problems related to sectarianism, racism and the conflict
- Young people, women, older people, minority communities.
- Former members of the security and ancillary services
- Ex-prisoners and their families
- Other organisations who have a contribution to make towards developing a shared society
Project actions and initiatives could be in any of the following areas:
- Conflict resolution and mediation at a local level
- Events linked to the decade of commemorations that explore history in a sensitive manner and build mutual understanding
- Sport, arts, culture (including Irish and Ulster Scots language) and environment projects that promote positive relations through addressing issues of trust, prejudice and intolerance
- Projects to facilitate personal interaction between residents and groups from divided neighbourhoods
- Projects including capital works and which must also include complementary programme and operational costs (ratio of capital investment costs to programme and operational costs to maximum of 70:30)
Projects must engage 10% of their participants from the Protestant faith traditions. Every participant must achieve a minimum 26 hours contact time during lifetime of the project. Contact time must be sustained, meaningful and purposeful. Projects must clearly demonstrate cross community and/or cross border interaction.
Proposed outcomes of projects will need to be mindful of the result indicators wider Peace IV Programme. Namely, the promotion of positive relations characterised by respect, where cultural diversity is celebrated and people can live learn and socialise together, free from prejudice, hate and intolerance that will contribute to the result indicators listed below:
- An increase in the percentage of people who think relations between Protestants and Catholics are better than they were 5 years ago
- An increase in the percentage of people who think relations between Protestants and Catholics will be better in 5 years time
- An increase in the percentage of people who know quite a bit about the culture of some minority ethnic communities
Full details on the Small Grants Fund including Guidance Notes and Application Form are available for download www.sligococo.ie/grants/ The Peace IV Programme Team can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 071 911 4423.
The deadline for applications is Friday 8th June at 12.00pm (midday).
Information sessions on the Small Grants Fund are to be held on Wednesday 2nd May at 12.30pm in the Northside Community Centre, Sligo and at 7.00pm in Teach Laighne, Tubbercurry.