The Peace IV Programme is a European Union initiative designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland. The Programme will invest €270 million in the eligible region over the six year period from 2014 to 2020.
€229 million is being provided through the European Regional Development Fund with the Irish and UK governments providing an additional €41 million of match funding. The Irish government funding is provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development, the Department of Education and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
The eligible area for the PEACE IV Programme for 2014-2020 is Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland (Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Sligo).
The PEACE IV Programme was agreed by the Northern Ireland Executive, the Irish government and the European Commission and has four core objectives. The programme aims to make lasting change in:
The PEACE IV Programme is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) on behalf of the Irish and UK governments. SEUPB is a North South Implementation Body established under the Good Friday Agreement.
The role of the SEUPB is to:
The Department of Rural and Community Development is an accountable department for the PEACE Programme. As an accountable Department, it:
For information on how to apply for funding, please click the following link: Apply for PEACE IV funding
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Department of Finance (Northern Ireland) are the Member State Departments – they have overall responsibility for the programme.