Building Community Cohesion through Social Innovation
On 7 September 2020 the SEUPB opened a new funding call under the Building Positive Relations objective of the EU's PEACE IV Programme, to support community-led social innovation across Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.
For more details on the call, including how to apply, please click here.
This 'Building Community Cohesion through Social Innovation' funding call will support a single regional-wide project that can create new approaches to tackle the challenges which keep communities divided.
The successful applicant will be expected to engage in meaningful peace and reconciliation activity and include a pathway/outreach programme that creates sustained contact between people from different backgrounds and communities.
The project must also have a specific focus on the needs of minority groups as well as groups who traditionally have been marginalised by society. It will create opportunities for these groups to have a greater degree of participation and integration within larger community life.
What does the PEACE IV Programme fund?
The PEACE IV Programme has four key priority areas:
Shared Education - To increase the level of direct, sustained and curriculum-based contact between pupils and teachers from all backgrounds.
Children & Young People - To help young people, in particular those not in education, employment and/or training (NEETs) to develop a greater understanding and respect for diversity; access new opportunities and become active citizens.
Shared Spaces & Services -To create new shared spaces and services where people from different communities and backgrounds can learn from and respect each other.
Shared Spaces & Services - To develop the capacity for services to meet the needs of victims and survivors.
Building Positive Relations at a Local Level - To create a society characterised by good relations and respect, where cultural identity is celebrated and people can live, learn and socialise together free from prejudice, hate and intolerance.
Building Positive Relations at a Regional Level - To support regional level projects that result in meaningful, purposeful and sustained contact between persons from different communities.
A copy of the full content of the Cooperation Programme for PEACE IV is available here.
What does the INTERREG VA Programme fund?
The INTERREG VA Programme also has four main priority areas:
Research & Innovation -To increase the level of cross-border business and industry-relevant research and innovation capacity within the 'Health & Life Sciences' and 'Renewable Energy' sectors; and
Research & Innovation -To increase the number and capacity of SMEs engaged in cross-border research and innovation aimed at the development of new products, processes and services.
Environment (Habitats & Species) -To promote cross-border co-operation in the recovery of selected protected habitats and priority species;
Environment (Marine) - To develop cross-border co-operation capacity for the monitoring and management of marine protected areas and species;
Environment (Transitional Waters) - To improve water quality in shared transitional waters;
Environment (River Basins) - To improve freshwater quality in cross-border river basins.
Sustainable Transport - To promote cross-border intermodal and sustainable mobility in the cross-border region.
Health -To improve the health and well-being of people living in the region by enabling them to access health and social care services in the most appropriate setting to their needs.
A copy of the full content of the Cooperation Programme for INTERREG VA is available here.
When can I apply for funding?
Both the PEACE IV and INTERREG VA Programmes have their own funding call timetable. This timetable sets out the opening and closing dates of all calls within each Programme and includes indicative dates for the Steering Committee for each call.
You can access these timetables below:
How can I benefit from the Programmes?
- Support for businesses - The INTERREG VA Programme provides support to SMEs and microbusinesses on a cross-border basis. To potentially access this support via the EU funded 'Co-Innovate' project, please contact IntertradeIreland
- Support for local community-based projects - The PEACE IV Programme provides funding to local authorities across Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.
- Support for Victims and Survivors - The PEACE IV Programme invests in the provision of health and well-being support to address the complex needs of victims and survivors. To potentially access this support please contact the Victims and Survivors Service