SEUPB - What is the PEACE III Programme?

The PEACE III Programme wass a distinctive programme part-funded by the European Union (€225 million from the EU with further national contributions of €108 million) through its Structural Funds programme. The full title of the PEACE III Programme is the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. The programme covered the period 2007-2013.

The main aims of the PEACE III Programme were to reinforce progress towards a peaceful and stable society and to promote reconciliation by assisting operations and projects which helped to reconcile communities and contribute towards a shared society for everyone.

The programme was divided into two main priorities. These were:

  • Reconciling Communities
  • Contributing to a Shared Society

It delivered these priorities through “themes” - these themes were:

  • To build positive relations at the local level
  • To acknowledge the past
  • To create shared public spaces
  • To develop key institutional capacity for a shared society

PEACE III followed on from the PEACE I and PEACE II Programmes and carried forward some of the key aspects of the previous programmes. PEACE III had a renewed emphasis on reconciliation. Like the earlier programmes, it also had a focus on cross-border initiatives.

Operations and projects in the PEACE III Programme were delivered by Lead Partners which were public bodies or their equivalent.

To download a copy of the PEACE III Operational Programme click here

New approaches

A new strategic approach to achieve maximum impact from the funding available from the PEACE III Programme was developed. As a result, community and voluntary groups accessed PEACE III Programme funding in a new way.

Local Councils in Northern Ireland formed themselves into eight clusters and played a much more strategic part in the delivery of PEACE III. The six County Councils in the Border Region of Ireland had the same role. Workingin partnership with communities, they developed local Peace and Reconciliation Action Plans.

PEACE III remained committed to a strong emphasis on the “grass roots up” approach to the development of projects which addressed shared issues and concerns. Community and voluntary groups were encouraged to contact their local authority for information on their cluster’s or County Council’s “Peace and Reconciliation Action Plan”, which contained a small grants programme and opportunities to tender for the delivery of projects.

The Consortium of Pobal and the Community Relations Council (CRC), was appointed to deliver the acknowledging and dealing with the past theme of the Programme and community and voluntary groups that developed projects under this theme were managed directly by the Consortium.

The eligible area for the PEACE III Programme was Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland (the Border Region comprises counties Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal).

To view a map of the PEACE III Programme Eligible Area click here.

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