PEACEPLUS Partnership

Ards and North Down Borough Council has established a new PEACEPLUS Partnership for the new PEACEPLUS Programme 2022-2027 for the Ards and North Down Council area. The PEACEPLUS Partnership will oversee the design and implementation of a co-designed overarching PEACEPLUS Action Plan for our area.

The Ards and North Down Borough Council (ANDBC) PEACEPLUS Programme, will build upon the work of previous PEACE programmes and enable and empower local community partnerships, led by the Council to co design, select and deliver priority projects on a cross community basis, which will result in shared and inclusive local services, facilities and spaces and make a significant and lasting contribution to peace and reconciliation.

The three core themes are as follows:

(i) Local community regeneration and transformation;
(ii) Thriving and peaceful communities; and
(iii) Building respect for all cultural identities.

Ards and North Down Borough Council has received an indicative allocation of €5,681,833 (£4,815,112.71) of funding from the European Union’s PEACEPLUS Programme which is an increase of approximately £1.5 million from the previous PEACE IV programme.

The money has been provided from the European Union’s PEACEPLUS Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match funding for the PEACEPLUS Plan has also been provided from the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

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The Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)

The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV and INTERREG VA which are designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society.

The Programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland. For more information on the SEUPB please visit Home | SEUPB

The PEACEPLUS Programme is due to be launched later this year. Workshop events are underway and applications for funding will open later in 2022. Please continue to follow the SEUPB social media channels and website for the most up-to-date information. To be added to the SEUPB’s PEACEPLUS mail list email;

You can read the PEACEPLUS Programme overview at Peace Plus Programme 2021-2027. (