Themes and Investment Areas

The PEACEPLUS Programme has been divided into six themes – each of which aims to address longstanding social, environmental and economic challenges which continue to impact our community. Within each theme there are several investment areas.  Each theme has a specific focus and aims to support organisations such as local authorities or community groups.

  • Local councils, organisations and people from every community will work together peacefully with the aim of uniting communities, helping them rebuild and learn from a difficult past. Projects under this theme will help community groups grow stronger, work better together and create spaces for everyone to share.

  • This theme focuses on small businesses and technology. The aim is to connect people by finding new ways to do things using technology and the internet, as well as learning new skills. Projects can also help unite communities using technology.

  • Children and young people aged 14-24 do not often get the chance to join in good things. Projects under these investment areas will help increase diversity by bringing different communities together. There will also be a focus on mental health and wellbeing – issues that are affecting young people increasingly today.

  • Research has shown that social, economic and environmental factors can influence the health outcomes of an individual. This theme focuses on rural communities and aims to help those who are dealing with the legacy of the Troubles. The intention is also to bring health and social care services together and support people to live independently in their own community.

  • Environment and conservation are key for this theme. It will focus on land, coastlines and the wildlife within them across Northern Ireland and the border counties. Projects will also work to improve cross-border transport links between north and south.

  • While the PEACE IV and INTERREG VA Programmes have made significant contributions cementing cross-border collaboration, challenges persist and some of them have arisen in the last number of years. Projects under this theme will help organisations across the community communicate, interact and learn together.

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