17 Feb 2023
Cross Border Civil Society Partnerships receive Grants
All-Island civil society partnerships combatting the far right, promoting human rights, boosting climate action and improving access to the arts are among those receiving new supports from the All-Island Fund.
Sixteen partnerships are benefiting from grants from the fund which has been operated by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland in conjunction with the Community Foundation Ireland over the past two years.
Each involves civil society organisations on both sides of the border coming together to tackle social, environmental as well as rights issues which impact on people across the island.
This is the second round of grants supported by private donors. It brings total support issued to community and charitable groups to almost £535,000 (£150,000 in this round).
Partnerships will be focusing on a broad range of issues.
Announcing the second round of grants, Róisín Wood, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland said:
“There is no doubt that we are dealing with a wide range of serious and indeed very topical issues that respect neither border nor jurisdiction. Finding solutions and sharing knowledge is important to our island, our future, our rights, entitlements, and the environment we live in.
“The cross-border work between these groups has been exemplary. The need for a strong, independent civil society, ensuring that those involved, including those directly impacted or with lived experience, have a voice that can reach right up to the highest level is so important.
“Seeing the benefit of this work over the past two years has been uplifting. Twenty-five years on from the Good Friday Agreement, the reality of all island collaboration, making changes that benefit all of the people who share this island, is something that we are delighted to be supporting.”
Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of Community Foundation Ireland added:
“A quarter of a century since the Good Friday Agreement it is important to ensure that we have a strong civil society which has an all-island focus. It is a reality that the challenges facing society do not end at the border. Climate change does not end at Dundalk, human trafficking does not stop at Newry. The voices of the far right are getting louder – whether you are in Kerry or Derry.
“Meeting these and many other challenges requires a perspective which goes beyond one jurisdiction. Community workers, advocates and campaigners bring that perspective. For two-years we have been working to promote and strengthen those voices and we are now proud to be taking the next step.” ends