PEACEPLUS is a new European Union funding programme designed to support peace and prosperity across Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland, building upon the work of the previous PEACE and INTERREG Programmes. The design reflects the importance of peace-building activity, but also the importance of actions that will contribute positively to the economy, building prosperity and adjusting to the new environment and challenges we face.
Read more in the PEACEPLUS Programme overview here.
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The Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) is responsible for managing PEACEPLUS. We are working on the content and timing of the funding calls across the 6 key themes of the Programme.
THEME 1: Building Peaceful And Thriving Communities
THEME 2: Delivering Socio-Economic Regeneration And Transformation
THEME 3: Empowering And Investing In Our Young People
THEME 4: Healthy And Inclusive Communities
THEME 5: Supporting A Sustainable And Better Connected Future
THEME 6: Building And Embedding Partnership And Collaboration
In July 2022, the European Commission formally adopted the €1.1 billion Programme which represents a strong partnership between the EU, the Governments of the United Kingdom and Ireland and the Northern Ireland Executive, all of whom have supported and approved its development. The next step is the finalisation and ratification of the arrangements between the United Kingdom and the European Commission, which is anticipated in Spring 2023, and will see the launch of the Programme and funding calls opened.
Prior to any PEACEPLUS funding calls being opened, the SEUPB is coordinating pre-application support workshops to provide preliminary guidance that will help potential applicants build their project, programme knowledge, and capacity. Please see below details of the past and upcoming workshops. Click on the links to view the pre-application support documentation including; Concept Note templates, workshop recordings, presentation slides and FAQs.
Investment Area 2.4 Smart Towns and Villages - 15 March 2023, morning
Investment Area 4.2 Rural Regeneration and Social Inclusion - 15 March 2023, afternoon
Investment Area 2.2 Innovation Challenge Fund - 23 March 2023, morning
Investment Area 2.1 SME Development and Transition - 23 March 2023, afternoon
- Investment Area 5.3 Water Quality and Catchment Management - 29 March 2023, morning
Investment Area 5.1 Biodiversity, Nature Recovery and Resilience - 29 March 2023, afternoon
- Investment Area 3.1 (Non-Formal Education) Shared Learning Together (17 January 2023)
Investment Area 3.3 Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing (17 January 2023)
Investment Area 3.1 (Formal Education) Shared Learning Together (19 January 2023)
Investment Area 4.1 Collaborative Health and Social Care (12 December 2022)
Investment Area 1.3 Building Positive Relations (28 September 2022)
Investment Area 5.5 Geothermal Energy Demonstration (28 September 2022)
Investment Area 1.4 Reimaging Communities (8 July 2022)
Investment Area 3.2 Peace Youth Programme (10 December 2021)
Development of the Programme
Stakeholder Engagement 2019 & Public Consultation 2021
The content of the PEACEPLUS Programme was designed following a comprehensive cross-border stakeholder engagement process. In early 2020 the SEUPB hosted 16 different consultation events, with over 1,000 people in attendance. We received more than 300 survey responses. A full report of the survey’s findings can be found in the link below.
A public consultation for the new Programme started on Wednesday 10 March 2021 and closed on Wednesday 12 May 2021. To help the SEUPB gather the public's views, we created an online survey which was prepared using survey development software called Survey Monkey. A copy of the 'Summary of Consultation Responses' Report for this online survey is available to read in the link below.
Public Consultation - 2021
The purpose of the public consultation was to provide citizens, and other key stakeholders, with an opportunity to share their views on the content and administrative arrangements of the PEACEPLUS Programme, findings from the Equality Screening exercise and the Strategic Environmental Assessment.
The PEACEPLUS Consultation Information Document gives full details of the draft content of the new programme - available to view below.
- PEACEPLUS Consultation Information Document
- PEACEPLUS Consultation Information Document (Irish Version)
- PEACEPLUS Consultation Information Document (Easy-read version)
- PEACEPLUS Consultation Infographic - This infographic illustrates the main themes of the PEACEPLUS Programme as well as an overview of the development and consultation process is available below.
- PEACEPLUS Consultation Video (with subtitles) - This animated video gives an overview of the draft content of the PEACEPLUS Programme (2021-2027).
Documentation relating to this consultation can be requested in other languages and accessible formats such as MS Word, easy-read, large print, audio-CD and braille by emailing: PEACEPLUS@seupb.eu
Additional Consultation Documentation
A number of assessments were also carried out to ensure that the PEACE and INTERREG draft Cooperation Programmes met statutory and regulatory requirements. These included:
A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) - to assess the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment. These SEA documents are available below:
- PEACEPLUS Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Non-technical Summary
- PEACEPLUS Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Report
In accordance with Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act (1998), the SEUPB is required to have due regard to promote equality of opportunity and good relations.
PEACEPLUS NAVIGATION PAPERS
We have also created the following sectoral-based PEACEPLUS Consultation Navigation Papers and Presentations which relate to different aspects of the Programme.
Community & Voluntary Sector Navigation Paper and Presentation
Environment Sector Navigation Paper and Presentation
Health Sector Navigation Paper and Presentation
Inclusivity Navigation Paper and Presentation
Rural Communities Sector Navigation Paper and Presentation
Skills Development Sector Navigation Paper and Presentation
Tourism Sector Navigation Paper and Presentation
Youth Sector Navigation Paper and Presentation
SME Overview Navigation Paper and Presentation
Business Sector Navigation Paper and Presentation