PEACE IV Programme Launch
16 August 2017
The Mayor, Councillor Paul Hamill launches the PEACE IV Programme with the PEACE IV Chair, Councillor Noreen McClelland, PEACE IV Vice Chair, Valerie Adams, Gina McIntyre, CEO of SEUPB and Majella McAlister, Director of Community Planning and Regeneration.
The Mayor, Councillor Paul Hamill launches the PEACE IV Programme with the PEACE IV Chair, Councillor Noreen McClelland, PEACE IV Vice Chair, Valerie Adams, Gina McIntyre, CEO of SEUPB and Donna Blaney Head of PEACE IV and T:BUC, Northern Ireland Executive Office.
The Antrim and Newtownabbey PEACE IV Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, is a unique initiative of the European Union which has been designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.
The PEACE IV Partnership has been working on the development of programmes since March 2016; beginning with consultation and engagement sessions, public information events, co-design workshops, focus groups, project design and development, and finally an extensive application and assessment process with the Special European Union Programmes Body.
The content of the Antrim and Newtownabbey PEACE IV Local Action Plan has now been agreed by the Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish Government with the overarching priority of supporting peace and reconciliation within three main themes:
- Children and Young People with a budget of £594,384.89
- Shared Spaces and Services with a budget of £1,004,282
- Building Positive Relations with a budget of £1,229,694
To launch the new PEACE IV Programme, a public event was held on Tuesday 15 August at Mossley Mill. Representatives of the Council including the Director of Community Planning and Regeneration, Majella McAlister and members of the PEACE IV Partnership, attended the event, as well the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Paul Hamill. The PEACE IV Chairperson Councillor Noreen McClelland, commented: “The PEACE IV Partnership is delighted to be able to launch the local action plan and we look forward to seeing all of the exciting projects being delivered over the next three years. We have had great success with previous Peace initiatives and hope to build on this to continue working towards a fully cohesive community in Antrim and Newtownabbey.”
Representatives from SEUPB and Northern Ireland Executive Office were also in attendance and provided an overview from a funding perspective. CEO of SEUPB, Gina McIntyre commented: “The PEACE Programme is a unique EU funding programme that exists nowhere else in Europe. One of the most significant added benefits of the Programme is the wide range of partnerships across every sector that were, and still are, being created.”
Gina continued: “This £3.2m funding award will facilitate the development of many more beneficial partnerships in the Borough and will encourage reconciliation, cultural diversity, conflict transformation and equality.”
The launch event marked the official start of the new PEACE IV Programme, bringing together local community groups, sports clubs, church groups, youth clubs, delivery agents and activity providers, to find out how they could get involved in the Programme.
The Council will be welcoming tender applications from external parties within the three main themes. All details of this tender process will be advertised on E-Sourcing NI, E-tenders NI and E-tenders.ie.
For more information regarding tendering opportunities or the application process, please T. 028 9034 0208 or E. [email protected]
This initiative has been funded by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the SEUPB.