Have your say on £5 Million of PEACEPLUS Funding for Mid and East Antrim

Wednesday 26 October 2022

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is delighted to have been awarded an indicative allocation of over £5 million under the new PEACEPLUS programme.

Pictured is the newly formed Mid and East Antrim PEACEPLUS Partnership Board along with Council Officers ahead of the first consultation workshop taking place.

The funding will be used to co-design a Peace action plan to benefit communities across the borough. 

The PEACEPLUS programme is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) and has been designed to support peace and prosperity across Northern Ireland and the border counties in the Republic of Ireland, building upon the work of the previous PEACE and INTERREG Programmes. 

The local plan will be centred around three core themes – Local community regeneration and transformation, Thriving and peaceful communities and Building respect for all cultural identities.

The first phase of the process has now commenced and involves carrying out a number of workshops throughout the borough.

Speaking at the launch of the consultations Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Alderman Noel Williams said: “I am delighted that we are at the beginning of an exciting co-design process which will allow our communities to have a say on their needs and priorities.   The people who live, work and volunteer in our Borough are the people who really understand what the priorities are and what the actions could be. 

“This programme really can make a real difference and Council are fully committed to delivering projects, which will continue to bring our communities together at a local level.”

MEA PEACEPLUS Partner Kelli McRoberts said: “As a partnership, it is our responsibility to oversee the design and implementation of the co-designed action plan for our area.  We will be running a number of workshops at various locations across the borough and I would encourage all residents, community and voluntary organisations to come along to voice your ideas and opinions on the needs within your local community.”

Council wants to work with local residents, community organisations and other interested parties to co-design the PEACEPLUS Plan.  

The next set of workshops will take place as follows:

  • Saturday 5 November in the Bank, Portglenone - drop in between 2pm and 3.30pm and talk to our staff
  • Monday 7 November in Ballymena Library 6pm to 7.30pm (please register)
  • Tuesday 8 November in Carnlough Heritage Hub - 7pm to 8.30pm (please register)

To find out more about the workshops visit our PEACEPLUS Programme page.

For more information about the Mid and East Antrim PEACEPLUS programme you can contact the Investment and Funding Unit at T: 028 2563 3266 or E: