Minister for Foreign Affairs announces funding under Reconciliation and Anti Sectarianism Funds

Minister for Foreign Affairs announces funding under Reconciliation and Anti Sectarianism Funds

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Micheál Martin T.D., today announced funding of €917,100 for 59 groups from across Ireland to underpin reconciliation initiatives under the Department of Foreign Affairs' Reconciliation and Anti-Sectarianism Funds.  A total of €651,600 has been allocated under the Reconciliation Fund and some €265,500 under the Anti Sectarianism Fund.

Announcing the latest round of funding, Minister Martin said:

“The peace process has brought enormous and tangible benefits to people on both parts of our island but there is no room for complacency. Over the course of this year I have visited North and West Belfast and Lurgan in Co. Armagh and have seen firsthand how communities are working together to build a peaceful and shared future. This is no easy task and they face significant challenges. Now more than ever, fostering lasting reconciliation and combating the sources and effects of sectarianism must remain a priority.  

The funding announced today will support the important work of organisations with proven records of building improved community relations and helping people overcome divisions. They are making an impressive contribution to the creation of a shared and peaceful society”. 

The Minister commended all the groups receiving funding for their contribution to the process of peace and reconciliation, and the promotion of improved relations on the island of Ireland.

Note for Editors:

As part of the Good Friday Agreement, participants undertook to “positively examine the case for enhanced financial assistance for the work of reconciliation.” The combined 2010 budget for the Reconciliation Fund and the Anti-Sectarianism Fund for this year is €3 million.  Since 1999, the two Funds have between them disbursed over €24 million to over 900 projects

Projects approved for funding by the Minister under the Reconciliation Fund are set out below:

Organisation

Delivery / Region

Amount Awarded

1641 Depositions Project

NI Wide

€30,000

All Saints Youth Club

Antrim

€10,000

British Irish Rights Watch

NI Wide

€20,000

C.A.L.M.S.

Derry City

€10,000

China & Presbyterian Missionaries Project

North-South

€3,500

City Centre Initiative (CCI)

Derry City

€12,000

City of Belfast YMCA

Belfast

€7,500

Corpus Christi Youth Centre     

Belfast

€28,500

Cumann Spóirt an Phobail      

Belfast

€9,500

Diocese of Derry & Raphoe

Derry

€18,000

Dove House      

Derry City

€12,000

Empire Community Centre

Belfast

€5,000

Farset Youth & Community Development Ltd

Belfast

€12,000

Gasyard Development Trust

Derry City

€23,000

Groundwork N.I.

Belfast

€28,500

Holy Trinity Youth Centre

Belfast

€9,500

Inishowen Women's Information Network

Donegal

€10,000

Institute for British-Irish Studies

North-South

€3,500

Integrated Education Fund

Tyrone

€11,600

Irish Peace Institute

North-South

€25,000

Kilcooley Womens Centre

Down

€25,000

Kilkeel Parish Bridge Assoc. & Kingdom YC

Down

€25,000

Link Family and Community Centre    

Down

€9,500

Meath Peace Group

North-South

€12,500

North Belfast Community Development

Belfast

€3,000

North Belfast Interface Network

Belfast

€9,500

North Down Community Assistance

Down

€12,000

Northern Ireland Children's Enterprise  

Belfast

€25,000

Northside Partnership

North-South

€20,000

Pat Finucane Centre  

NI Wide

€7,500

Peace Players International - Northern Ireland

Belfast

€31,000

 

Organisation

Delivery / Region

Amount Awarded

Playhouse Derry -Theatre of Witness

Derry City

€35,000

Public Achievement

NI Wide

€25,000

Short Strand Womens Group

North-South

€7,000

St John Vianney Youth Centre

Belfast

€9,500

St John's Youth Centre

Belfast

€7,000

St Louis House

Belfast

€9,500

St Patrick's Centre (The)

Down

€20,000

St Teresa's Youth Centre

Belfast

€9,500

Tipperary Peace Convention

North-South

€2,500

Training for Women Network

Belfast

€12,000

Ulster Council GAA

NI Wide

€37,500

Village Focus Group

Belfast

€8,000

 

Projects approved for funding by the Minister under the Anti-Sectarianism Fund are set out below:

Organisation

Delivery / Region

Amount Awarded

Articlave Community Development Group

Derry

€9,500

Artillery Youth Club

Belfast

€9,500

Belfast Interface Project

Belfast

€3,500

Carrickfergus YMCA

Antrim

€7,500

Dhu Varren Community Action Team

Antrim

€7,500

Holy Family Youth Centre

Belfast

€15,000

Interaction Belfast

Belfast

€9,500

Lamb Films Ltd    

Belfast

€9,500

Newry Sports Partnership CIC

Down

€7,000

Peace & Reconciliation Group

Derry City

€9,500

Speedwell Trust

Tyrone

€15,000

Stadium Project

Belfast

€10,000

Youth Initiatives 

Belfast

€17,500

Youthaction NI

Derry City

€25,000

Youthcom / Crossing The Bridges

Belfast

€50,000

Youthlink

Belfast

€60,000

 

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