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The PEACE III Partnership cluster within the North Down, Ards and Down local authority areas has received EU funding totalling almost £2.7 million, from the Special European Union Programmes body (SEUPB) in order to implement a Peace Plan for the cluster area for the period 2007-2010.

North Down Borough Council is taking the lead in the administration of the programme.

The vision of the Partnership is, by 2010, to have increased community capacity, leadership and partnership working, in the areas of peace and reconciliation, which will lead to inclusive, meaningful and, sustainable cross community and cross border development and dialogue. The Partnership will allocate approximately 40% of this funding to a number of beneficiaries of small grants, which can demonstrate that they will tackle the issues of sectarianism and racism identified within the Peace Plan.

These issues are summarised in nine priority themes below and terms of reference for each theme:

  • Developing core capacity building
  • Developing community capacity building
  • To enable cross community engagement
  • To enable cross border linkages
  • To tackle racism
  • To support representative, inclusive and effective decision making fora.
  • To support conflict resolution within and between communities
  • To address the physical manifestations of the conflict
  • To support mixed communities

PEACE III PHASE II Public Consultation Events

Phase II Action Plan Consultation Survey

In accordance with Guidance from the EU Programmes Managing Authority, SEUPB, the Partnership has decided to deliver strategic interventions, which will meet the needs of the area through the SEUPB’s “Partner Delivery Approach”. This simply means that proposals from key agencies represented on the Partnership will be considered and assessed during 2009 and 2010. The Peace III Partners proposals will have to ensure that they too can demonstrate that initiatives will tackle local sectarian or racism issues.

Key to the success of the Partner Delivery Approach is to ensure that communities which suffer from sectarian or racism issues benefit from this support, so your organisation may be asked to take part a range of training programmes, sports programmes, cross community, cross border or other initiatives which will benefit your community and build peace and reconciliation. Your organisation may also be asked to collaborate or partner with a key agency in the delivery of a strategic programme.

Alternatively, if your organisation or the community it serves is aware of any strategic initiatives, which could tackle sectarian or racism issues, you can contact the Programme Manager, who will direct you to the most appropriate agency represented on the Partnership, for further discussion and potential collaboration.

Guidance from the Managing Authority also permits the Partnership to deliver initiatives by way of public procurement and this method will be pursued, if required. All successful initiatives will be supported up to December 2010, after which time both the Peace Plan and the Partnership will be reconfigured to comply with changes, brought about following the Review of Public Administration.

Further information on the PEACE III Programme, within the Council areas of North Down, Ards and the Down can be found on each of the Councils websites or from the Programme Manager:

Jan Nixey, Peace III Manager, North Down Borough Council, The Town Hall, The Castle, Bangor, Co. Down, BT20 4BT. Telephone 028 9127 8028 or email
jan.nixey@northdown.gov.uk

General information on the Peace 3 Programme or other EU programmes can
be found at www.eugrants.org

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