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PEACEPLUS programme

What is PEACEPLUS?

PEACEPLUS is a new European Union funding programme designed to support peace and prosperity across Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland, building upon the work of 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, building prosperity and adjusting to the new environment and challenges we face.

PEACEPLUS Local Community Action Plan

The Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) has provisionally allocated up to €5,848,008 for Mid and East Antrim to deliver a co-designed local community PEACEPLUS Action Plan under Theme 1 ‘Building Peaceful and Thriving Communities’.

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.

The local action plan will be centered around three themes:

  • Local community regeneration and transformation
  • Thriving and peaceful communities
  • Building respect for all cultural identities

The Local Action Plan has been developed following extensive consultation and codesign with local communities to ensure priority projects and actions address their needs and issues identified.

PEACEPLUS Capital Programmes

Now Open for Applications from across Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area

Council as lead partner are currently inviting Expressions of Interest applications for the following programmes:

Community/Sports Facilities Capital Enhancement Programme:

This is a small capital programme aimed at developing and enhancing areas or buildings in the district to upgrade to a higher standard to increase usage, with the aim of improving cross-community relations and community cohesion. 
Successful organisations will be required to deliver an activity plan inclusive of all community backgrounds.

A budget of up to £30,000 (excluding professional and statutory fees) is available.

It has been determined that up to 15 community/sports facilities within Mid and East Antrim area will be engaged in the programme.

To coincide with the call for expressions of interests for this programme we are holding a number of information sessions.

One hour online information sessions will be held at 1pm & 7pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 30 January 2024
  • Wednesday 7 February 2024

Community/Sports Facilities Major Capital Works Programme:

This is a strategic capital programme, which aims to invest in three strategically significant community/sports facilities (one per legacy council area of Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne). 

The key aim of the strategic capital projects are to create a more cohesive society through the development of three transformative shared spaces, which will support and embed peace and reconciliation outcomes.

The three strategic capital projects will act as PEACEPLUS flagship projects and must demonstrate the ability to deliver on-going community engagement activities to promote meaningful and lasting peace and reconciliation outcomes over the lifetime of the Programme and beyond.

A budget of £200,000 (excluding professional and statutory fees) is available per strategic capital project.

To coincide with the call for expressions of interests for this programme we are holding a number of information sessions.

One hour online information sessions will be held at 1pm and 7pm on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 31 January 2024
  • Tuesday 6 February 2024

Potential applicants are encouraged to attend one of the above online information sessions.

To register to attend an information session email: peace@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

To request an Expression of Interest application pack email: peace@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

The call for Expressions of Interest will close at 12noon on Tuesday 20 February 2024.

Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Completed forms should be emailed to: peace@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

Please note interested organisations can only submit an Expression of Interest under ONE of the above capital programmes.


PEACEPLUS Partnership

We have established a new PEACEPLUS Partnership. The partnership is made up as follows:

  • 11 nominated Elected Members
  • 5 nominated Statutory Representatives
  • 7 Social Partners representing the different geographical parts of our area
  • 4 Social Partners representing Section 75 interests or other PEACEPLUS target groups

The PEACEPLUS Partnership are tasked with overseeing the design and implementation of a co-designed Action Plan for the borough of Mid & East Antrim.


More information about the PEACEPLUS Programme

The Programme is a funding partnership between the European Union, the Governments of the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the Northern Ireland Executive and will be administered by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

For more information on the Local Action Plan for Mid and East Antrim please contact: peace@midandeastantrim.gov.uk 

The local community action plan is only one element of the PEACEPLUS programme, for more information of the PEACEPLUS programme please visit SEUPB PEACEPLUS overview webpage.

To be the first to hear about SEUPB announcements, Sign up to the PEACEPLUS website mailing list.