What is it?
PEACEPLUS is a new European Union funding programme designed to support Peace & prosperity across Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of Ireland, building upon the previous PEACE and INTERREG programmes. The design reflects the importance of peace-building activity but also the importance of actions that will contribute positively to the economy, build prosperity, and adjust to the increasing challenges we face in society.
From the graphic below, you can see that PEACEPLUS has been divided along 6 thematic themes, which each theme subdivided in additional areas of interest.
The PEACEPLUS Local Action Plan will be delivered under Theme 1 of the overall PEACEPLUS Programme “Building Peaceful & Thriving Communities” as 1.1 Co-Designed Local Community Peace Action Plans. This will be one of 17 Local Action Plans, 11 in Northern Ireland delivered by local Councils and 6 in Ireland delivered by the County Councils.
In total the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council PEACEPLUS Partnership will be able to apply for up to £6.1 million to deliver their local action plan.
What is a “Local Action Plan”?
The Local Action Plan aims to “…enable and empower local community partnerships, led by the local authorities, to select and deliver priority projects on a cross community basis, which will result in shared and inclusive local services, facilities and spaces; and make a significant and lasting contribution to peace and reconciliation”
The Local Action Plan will be delivered along three thematic areas:
- Local Community regeneration & transformation.
- Thriving & Peaceful Communities.
- Building Respect for all cultural identities
The Co-Design Local Action Plan is very much about taking into consideration the views, opinions and concerns of our local communities through the Borough to include local organisations and networks, businesses, special interest groups, our youth etc. to ensure that all the needs and priorities of our Borough and included and reflected in the delivery of a truly “Local Action Plan”.
Public Consultation (Stage 1 Consultation) throughout the local District Electoral Areas was carried out during October and November, and Stage 2 Consultation will get underway in February 2023.
If you are interested in inputting to the Local Action Plan, you could complete our survey PEACEPLUS PUBLIC CONSULTATION Survey (surveymonkey.co.uk) or for more information, please contact us on PEACEPLUS@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk