Two local community organisations have been awarded funding totalling more than £160,000 by the International Fund for Ireland (IFI).
The IFI this week confirmed financial assistance of £1.5million for a range of peace-building and reconciliation projects across Northern Ireland and the six southern border counties.
Queens Park Women’s Group in Glengormley and the Rathcoole-based South East Antrim Community Federation have secured funding through the Fund’s Peace Impact Programme (PIP), which is designed to address “sensitive, complex and challenging issues within areas where there have been low levels of engagement in peace building”.
Queens Park Women’s Group has been awarded £94,036 towards a two-year project that will deliver a range of cross-community initiatives for young people at risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour and sectarian violence. It will also seek to build the capacity of the group to contribute to the development of good relations and civic engagement in Glengormley.
South East Antrim Community Federation will receive £68,040 to deliver a pilot support, training and intervention project for 80 young people aged 16 to 25 from the Rathfern and Rathcoole estates. The project will offer new opportunities to young people with low educational attainment to increase their access to employment or training for employment opportunities.
Dr Adrian Johnston, Chairman of the IFI said: “The projects within the Peace Impact Programme are designed to develop creative and innovative approaches that deal with sensitive and contentious issues. Many seek to engage with young people that are vulnerable to recruitment or attack by paramilitaries and open new pathways to training and employment. Projects such as these are critical to generate greater momentum for positive change and deliver stability and prosperity.”