The International Fund for Ireland (IFI) has committed almost £500,000 to community groups in Derry.
The groups to benefit from the funding are Creggan Enterprises Ltd Unheard Voices (£113,061); Rosemount Resource Centre Time2Choose (£108,153); St Columb’s Park House (£94,067); Leafair Community Association/Carson/Ultoniae (£120,740) and TRIAX Neighbourhood Partnership Board (TRIAX) (£17,936).
“This allocation of funding is timely and supports urgent action at a community level,” said IFI Chairman, Dr. Adrian Johnston.
“The groups receiving support are engaging with those who have been left behind by the Peace Process and in some cases will work to reduce the influence of those who violently oppose the political settlement. In recent weeks, we’ve welcomed political progress in a number of important areas.
“The commitments identified in the Fresh Start Agreement complement the work that we have been doing at grassroots level for a long time, particularly in relation to Peace Walls,” added Dr. Johnston.
The funding announcement is in relation to the launch of the IFI’s five year peace and reconciliation strategy which is worth up to £45m. The strategy was launched in St. Columb’s Park House in Derry last month.
The IFI works towards promoting peace and reconciliation in the North and South of Ireland.