What is the PEACE IV Programme?

The €270m PEACE IV Programme is a unique initiative of the European Union which has been designed to support peace and reconciliation across Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland. 

The PEACE Programme was initially created in 1995 as a direct result of the EU’s desire to make a positive response to the paramilitary ceasefires of 1994.

Whilst significant progress has been made since then, there still remains a real need to improve cross-community relations and create a more cohesive and forward-looking society.

As peace has evolved and matured the PEACE Programme has played an important role in promoting social and economic stability and increasing greater levels of cross-community engagement.

What does the PEACE IV Programme Fund?

The PEACE IV Programme has four core objectives where it is making real and lasting change. A Citizens’ Summary of the Programme can be found here.

  • Shared Education – to build a culture of good relations amongst school children and equip them with the skills and attitudes needed to contribute to a more peaceful society. Learn more about this work here.
  • Building Positive Relations – to help people live, learn and socialise free from prejudice and discrimination. Learn more about this work here.
  • Children & Young People – to support children and young people who feel that they have been marginalised or excluded. Learn more about this work here.
  • Shared Spaces & Services – to create new shared spaces that can be used safely by all sections of the community and help build a more cohesive society. Learn more about this work here.
  • Local Authority PEACE Action Plans – funding is also provided to local authorities across NI and the border counties of Ireland to help Build Positive Relations, support Children & Young People and create new Shared Spaces & Services. Learn more about this work here.

More information on the PEACE IV Programme can be found at www.seupb.eu

Please see below link to a list of operations which have been awarded funding under the current PEACE IV Programme (2014-2020). 

For more information on any of the projects funded please contact us via email: info@seupb.eu

You can also click here to subscribe to the SEUPB corporate magazine Your EU for all the latest PEACE IV and INTERREG VA project news.

What impact has PEACE funding made?

Visit our PEACE Programmes Learning Platform to find out more about the positive impact PEACE funding has made to communities in Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland. 

The Peace Programmes Learning Platform is a living archive of the work funded by the EU Peace Programmes over the last three decades. It showcases the achievements of over 22,500 projects and provides inspiration for the continual integration of communities in post-conflict societies – not just in Northern Ireland but around the world. 

The Platform holds information and records that will continue to grow and develop in the coming years – including thousands of project case studies, research documents, reports, audio-recordings, testimonials, films and photographs. 

This unique Platform has many uses, providing examples of good practice, lessons learnt and inspiration for the future for post-conflict regions, but also the much wider applications and relevance for projects across Europe which are working with a range of beneficiaries including children and young people, women and minority groups, and addressing matters of justice and integration.

The video below is an overview of the main navigation on the site. If you are thinking about submitting an application under the new PEACEPLUS Programme we would encourage you to explore the Platform to read more about lesson learnt from previous PEACE funded projects.

Click here to access the Platform