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Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Leader of the Opposition; Dublin Central, Sinn Fein)
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204. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will provide details of the Government’s Reconciliation Fund for 2021, 2022 and 2023, in tabular form. [49901/21]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The reconciliation fund, which is administered by my Department, provides support for civil society organisations working to promote reconciliation and create better understanding between communities in Northern Ireland, between North and South, and between Ireland and Britain. The fund has supported over 3,000 projects with more than €60 million in grant funding since its establishment in 1982.

The annual budget for the Fund was increased from €2.7 million to €3.7 million with effect from 2019. In the New Decade New Approach agreement which saw the restoration of devolved Government in Northern Ireland in January 2020, the Government committed to maintaining that level of funding. In light of the Government’s continuing commitment to supporting the work of peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland, and recognising in particular, the impact of Brexit and the effects of Covid-19 on the organisations we support, the budget of the Reconciliation Fund will see a further increase this year, with the total of grants awarded likely to reach €4.0 million.

To date in 2021, the Reconciliation Fund has awarded grants of almost €2.8 million. The list of organisations awarded funding is provided below in tabular format. In addition, an allocation of €35,000 was provided from the Fund to support initiatives being undertaken by our Embassy in London as part of the Government’s programme marking the December 2021 centenary of the signing of the Truce. A further tranche of grants will be awarded before the end of this year when ongoing funding rounds have been completed.

Decisions on grants to be awarded during 2022 and 2023 have yet to be taken, but once awards are made in the context of our funding rounds during that period, information on those grants will be made available on the Department’s website.

Reconciliation Fund grants awarded in 2021 – to date

Organisation Amount in €
4 Corners Festival 25,100
An Gaeláras Ltd 12,268
Ardoyne Association 9,800
Ardoyne Youth Club 9,891
Banbridge Rugby Football Club 6,110
Bardic Educational Arts and Media 9,980
Belfast Charitable Society 2,700
Belfast International Arts Festival 40,000
British-Irish Association 40,000
Centre for Cross Border Studies 70,500
Centre for Democracy and Peace Building 20,000
Cinemagic 18,000
City Centre Initiative 12,000
Cliftonville Community Regeneration Forum 9,971
Clones Family Resource Centre CLG 34,245
Clooney estate Residents Association 9,950
Community Dialogue 40,000
Conradh na Gaeilge 45,000
Cookstown Youth Football 9,990
Co-operation Ireland 47,200
Co-operation Ireland 67,000
Co-operation Ireland 72,000
Co-operation Ireland 75,000
County Fermanagh Super Cup NI 3,600
Cregagh Wanderers Football Club 3,000
Creggan Enterprises Limited 25,000
CRIS - Community Relations In Schools 60,161
DCU Institute for International Conflict Resolution 55,303
Dialogue For Diversity 9,922
Diversity Challenges 11,359
Dorsey Emmets GFC 6,000
Ellen Finlay 8,150
Eoghan Rua CLG 8,000
Gasyard Wall Féile 18,000
Glebeside Community Association Ltd 8,000
Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation 327,186
Glengormley Amateur Boxing Club 4,000
Greenisland Football Club 3,980
Healing Through Remembering 37,000
Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics 35,000
Intercomm Ireland Ltd 22,200
Intercomm Ireland Ltd 101,848
Irish Gallery of Photography DAC 15,000
Irish Gallery of Photography DAC 23,250
Irish Studies University of Liverpool 41,700
Kabosh 14,447
Lincoln Courts Youth and Community Association 9,950
Longford Women's Link 42,639
Naíscoil na Seolta 15,000
National Women`s Council of Ireland 36,205
New Belfast Community Arts Initiative (T/A Community Arts Partnership) 30,546
Newhill Football Club 1,660
Newtownbutler First Fermanagh's GFC 6,000
Newtowncunningham Orange Hall 9,990
NI Youth forum 100,163
North-West Cultural Partnership 47,368
Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education 27,730
Northern Ireland Mixed Marriage Association 3,000
Passionist Peace and Reconciliation Office (Holy Cross, Ardoyne) 50,000
Pat Finucane Centre Limited (Justice for the Forgotten) 34,888
PeacePlayers International - Northern Ireland (PPI-NI) 39,080
Places of Sanctuary Ireland 20,412
Presbyterian Church in Ireland 17,250
R City Youth CIC 9,315
Rasharkin & District Rural Cultural & Educational Society 6,000
Royal Ulster Constabulary Athletic Association 23,010
Saint Patrick Centre 14,000
Schomberg Society Kilkeel Limited 40,000
Shared History Interpretive project (SHIP) 5,000
Smashing Times Theatre Company 32,128
St Eugene's Cathedral 20,000
St Louis House Youth Group 7,000
St Matthews F.C. 5,450
St. Mary’s, Rasharkin GAC 6,000
St. Pauls ABC 8,000
Strabane Athletic Football Club 4,000
The Bloody Sunday Trust 60,000
The Churches Trust Ltd 28,000
The Corrymeela Community 100,000
The Goliath Trust 5,000
The Junction Community Relations & Peace Building Initiative 29,060
The Wheel 70,000
Troubles Tragedy And Trauma 14,505
Truth and Reconciliation Platform 20,000
Ullans Speakers Association 6,700
Ulster Badminton 5,600
University of Huddersfield 60,000
WAVE Trauma Centre 30,000
Wordwell Ltd 3,770
Wordwell Ltd 8,553
Youth Link: NI 71,741
YouthAction Northern Ireland 63,950
Total of grants awarded €2,777,474
PLUS: Funding allocation to Embassy of Ireland London (for centenaries programme) €35,000

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