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The overall objective of the PEACE PLUS Programme will be to build Peace and Prosperity and ensure that this Programme will leave a lasting and tangible legacy across Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland.

View the PEACEPLUS Programme 2021-2027 Programme Overview for information on the Themes and Investment Areas that have been approved by the NI Executive, Irish Government and North South Ministerial Council. 

With four successive Peace Programmes having been delivered across Northern Ireland and the Border Counties since 1995, almost €2.3billion has been allocated to fund approximately 22,500 peace building initiatives and projects which have developed not only the strength, skills and resilience of our communities, but also the infrastructure within them.

We are now embarking on the 5th, and most likely, final instalment in the journey of the Peace Programmes, with the European Union’s new PEACEPLUS programme providing funding of €1billion to support social, economic and environmental projects.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council have established a new PEACEPLUS Partnership, and received initial indication that the allocation for our area will be in the region of €5.1 million (£4.3 million) to deliver the PEACEPLUS Local Community Action Plan.

The Programme will include a range of projects under the following three investment areas;

  • Local Community Regeneration and Transformation
  • Thriving and Peaceful Communities
  • Building Respect for all Cultural Identities

This new Partnership have been tasked with developing a co-designed Local Community Action Plan for the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey. In order for this to be a truly co-designed plan, reflective of the needs of the local community, and to ensure it contributes positively to peace in our communities for generations to come, the Partnership have received input from residents and those with an interest in Antrim and Newtownabbey, via a variety of ways including, thorough DEA and targeted engagement, online survey, internal and partnership engagement, and one to one / telephone engagement.

The Antrim and Newtownabbey draft Local Community Action Plan is currently going through a finalisation and approval process with a view to meeting the deadline of Thursday 28 March 2024 for submission of the action plan to the funder, SEUPB.

This project will be funded by the European Union’s PEACEPLUS Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body