The International Fund for Ireland has confirmed £51,000 worth of funding for Moygashel Community and Cultural Association to provide a multi-faceted development and training programme over a 12-month period.
The Project will primarily focus on the Unionist community but will also involve cross community actions.
It is part of a wider £1.3m/of financial assistance for a range of new projects aimed at addressing contentious issues and community tensions in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties.
The projects are supported through the Fund’s Peace Impact Programme which was launched last year as part of the organisation’s Community Transformation Strategy.
Commenting on the announcement, Dr Adrian Johnston, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland, said:
“We are proud to partner with 17 groups in this latest round of funding. Many are making the first efforts to engage with marginalised individuals – particularly young people – and groups who remain disconnected from government interventions. These projects will challenge root causes of sectarianism and we recognise their potential to positively impact on social stability and prosperity.
“In its first 18 months, the Peace Impact Programme, which is funded by the US, has brought forward ambitious new approaches to deal with complex topics like parading, interface tensions and encouraging young people away from paramilitaries. Community groups are willing to take necessary risks and their attempts to encourage positive change in difficult areas has brought impressive results.”
He added: “Many communities simply can’t afford to wait for political parties to reach agreement on divisive topics and, with the support of the Fund and others, are undertaking brave efforts to deal with contentious issues on the ground.”