Priority 2 Funding

Priority 2 in Strategic Funding Programme: Good Relations

The application process for Priority 2 funding has now closed and stage 1 decisions made. Applicants have now been informed of the outcome of their first stage application. See latest news on funding for details of the timetable for decision making.

What do we mean by Good Relations?

Our vision for good relations combines not only the reduction of prejudice and segregation, but also the establishment of positive, supportive engagement between groups and individuals where previously this did not exist.  We believe that interventions should, wherever possible, take an inclusive approach, seeking to involve a range of groups.

Outcome we are seeking:

  • Increased interaction and understanding between groups and communities that do not ordinarily mix or where particular tensions exist.

What do we envisage funding?

In general we are interested in funding:

  • Activities that draw individuals and groups from all communities into supportive involvement on a regular basis, especially those that enable fruitful interaction between individuals and groups over an extended period, particularly on issues of local concern.
  • Proposals that have the potential for longer term development and which are replicable beyond their immediate environment.
  • Projects which seek to reduce conflict or tension between different groups in local communities.
  • Projects which help organisations mainstream the promotion of good relationships into their normal calendar of activities (e.g. exploring good relations activities across all diversity strands for bodies like gardening clubs, allotments, sports groups, arts and leisure societies, car and motorbike clubs etc).

Particular priorities over the coming three years include:

  • Work to prevent the impact of deprivation leading to an increase in division in local communities and of support for divisive and prejudice-based political ideas;
  • Promotion of interaction between groups such as different generations, faiths, racial or sexual identities and disabilities with a particular emphasis on activities that replace exclusion from physical and social spaces. One such approach may seek to use ICT to enhance the accessibility of those spaces, or interaction between communities.
  • Projects which address conflict in communities and promote community based solutions, for example intra ethnic gang culture, Gypsy Traveller sites and encampments, violent conduct amongst young people and intergenerational work.
  • Projects that monitor and challenge stereotypes and myths which are divisive to community relations.
  • Projects that work to reduce prejudice-based crime and develop programmes that help divert offenders and challenge their prejudices.
  • Projects that increase the participation of underrepresented groups in public and community life, e.g. through voluntary activities such as a becoming a school governor / board member, local councillor, or taking up a public appointment.
  • Projects which promote solutions to gender based violence.

Please note: application for Priority Two has now closed.

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