Expressions of Interest sought for PEACE IV Youth Focused Shared Spaces Programme
2nd October 2017
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council invites expressions of interest from groups and organisations working in the community and voluntary sectors who wish to apply for investment under the PEACE IV Youth Focused Shared Spaces Programme.
PEACE IV Youth Focused Shared Spaces is a capital programme with funding between £50,000 and £70,000 available to develop and enhance areas or buildings in the district to become more youth focused shared spaces. The aim of the programme is to improve cross-community relations and community cohesion as well as assisting young people to develop a greater understanding of diversity.
The PEACE IV Youth Focused Shared Spaces programme is one of 15 projects included in the Local Action Plan for the district being administered by the Fermanagh and Omagh PEACE IV Partnership under the European Union’s PEACE IV programme. As part of the programme, young people will be presented with opportunities to gain an understanding and appreciation of other communities through the use of shared spaces and services.
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has secured funding of £2.6 million to support the delivery of the PEACE IV Local Peace and Reconciliation Action Plan for the district.
In announcing the call for Expressions of Interest for the PEACE IV Youth Focused Shared Spaces programme, the Chairman of the PEACE IV Partnership, Councillor Robert Irvine said “Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is confident that this programme will make a lasting and positive change by bringing young people together and building positive relationships. The programme will support groups and organisations to develop shared facilities and deliver activities that strengthen youth interaction and present young people with opportunities to gain an understanding and appreciation of other communities and cultures.
The Council welcomes the opportunity to work in partnership with local community and voluntary groups and organisations in order to improve community understanding and cohesion within the district through investment in shared spaces. It has long championed the benefits of working in partnership with other key stakeholders and looks forward to the development of shared spaces that enable innovative and deliverable actions and initiatives that enhance the lives of our young people.”
The Council will deliver a series of workshops across the district for groups and organisations interested in submitting Expressions of Interest.
A minimum of seven communities and areas within Fermanagh and Omagh will be engaged in the programme. In the interests of geographical equity, one community or area from each District Electoral Area (DEA) will be selected. A number of additional projects may be held in reserve based on the assessment outcome.
The call for Expressions of Interest is open until 12.00 noon on Tuesday, 31 October 2017 and community/voluntary groups and organisations operating within the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area are eligible to apply.
The expression of interest form for the PEACE IV Youth Focused Shared Spaces programme together with the guidance notes can be downloaded from the Council’s website www.fermanaghomagh.com.
For further information on the PEACE IV Youth Focused Shared Spaces Programme or how to apply please contact Mr John Campbell, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, on 0300 303 1777 (calls charged at local rate) or email firstname.lastname@example.org