The International Fund for Ireland have included three local projects in it’s €1.63m financial assistance for cross border Peace programmes.
€57,237 has been announced for the development and extension of the successful 3CAP programme which engages communities in Ballinaglera and Boho and Killesher in Co. Fermanagh.
€121,202 will progress development of Belturbet Town Hall as a shared community and resource facility and commemorate two teenagers killed by a car bomb in 1972.
Cashelard Community Development Ltd, Donegal will receive €62,236 to extend ‘Engaging the Breesy Way’ an innovative cross-border and cross-community project, across counties Donegal, Sligo, Cavan, Londonderry/Derry, Tyrone and Armagh.
The International Fund for Ireland supports peace building, integration and reconciliation projects in Northern Ireland and the border counties.
Commenting on the announcement, Dr. Adrian Johnston Chairman of the Fund, said, “Despite the enormous progress that has been made in recent years, tensions remain within and between communities that can and has, in recent weeks, erupted into violence.
“Our funding is strategically directed towards some of the root causes of sectarianism and delivering a range of targeted peace building and capacity building interventions.
“The projects we have made commitments towards are strategically working to create a better and more shared future for all – a future free from sectarian tension.
“Several of these projects are taking brave and important steps with communities that have had limited engagement in reconciliation activities.”
Since it was formed in 1986, the Fund has provided more than €890m to a wide variety of projects that focus on promoting social and economic advance and creating the conditions for Unionists and Nationalists to learn, work and live together as part of a peaceful and shared future.
Further information about all the beneficiaries from the International Fund for Ireland’s latest funding package is available at the International Fund for Ireland’s website: www.internationalfundforireland.com