The European Union, in recognition of the significant challenges that face Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland, has made a specific allocation of funding within the new regulations 2014-2020 to address issues associated with the creation of a more peaceful society. These regulations have made provision for a budget of €229m for a new PEACE Programme under the European Regional Development Fund.
The new programme - Peace IV - will provide support to projects that contribute towards the promotion of greater levels of peace and reconciliation. It will place a strong emphasis on promoting cross-community relations and understanding in order to create a more cohesive society.
The County Leitrim Peace IV Partnership, a sub-committee of Leitrim Community Development Committee (LCDC), has drawn up the Peace IV Strategic Plan 2017-2020 for the county.
Approximately €1.7m worth of funding has been offered to Leitrim County Council as Lead Partner. Leitrim County Council on behalf of the County Leitrim Peace IV Partnership has identified the Leitrim Development Company as an experienced and competent service provider in its PEACE IV Action Plan. Funding will be used to support a number of locally-based projects and initiatives that will promote positive relations between people from different communities and backgrounds.
In November 2017 Leitrim Development Company launched the Ethnic Minority Project under the Building Positive Relations theme. One of objectives of this project is to foster a greater understanding and tolerance for all communities living in Leitrim. Also, to support the involvement and integration of ethnic minority groups, particularly new communities into the social and cultural life in Co. Leitrim. For more information on activities and events around this project visit our Facebook Page
For more information on the Leitrim County PEACE IV Action Plan click here
Match-funding for this element of the PEACE IV Programme has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government in Ireland.
The European Union’s PEACE IV Programme is managed by the Special EU programmes Body (SEUPB).