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									EU FUNDING

EU funding is distributed through the national and regional authorities of the Member States and
directly by the European Commission itself. Funding is channelled through objectives and priorities
under the various common policies, which, in turn are based on provisions of the Treaties. Much of the
funding is allocated through the EU Structural Funds which are used to encourage the development of
disadvantaged regions and to promote social and human development.

Though the range of funding opportunities is vast, this has not traditionally been a source of funding for
small, locally-based arts organisations. The difficulty is not so much availability but accessibility.
Application and reporting requirements can be complex and more likely to suit larger organisations
which can dedicate staff time to completing procedures.

However, it is worth noting that there are differences between the rules for EU-level projects and for
funds accessed at a regional or national level. Programmes like PEACE II (see below) are tailored to
deliver outcomes at a local level and are in a position to administer smaller grant requests.
Programmes like the European Capital of Culture or Town Twinning have a spin-off effect on arts and
culture in those towns and cities. On the other hand, EU-level Programmes like Culture 2000 (see
below) are set up to deliver outcomes across national boundaries and projects funded under this
programme are more likely to be medium / large in scale.

Below are the two main EU Funding Programmes that arts organisations in Northern Ireland are most
likely to come across. Keep an eye on for details of further programmes (in
the areas of, for example, adult education, tourism etc) which may also apply to small arts, craft and
heritage organisations.

E   U Programme for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border
    Region of Ireland.
    Information from the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)
    EU House, The Gasworks, 6 Cromac Place, Belfast BT7 2JB. T: 028 9026 6660
    EU House, 13 Kelvin Road, Omagh, Co Tyrone BT78 1LB. T: 028 8225 5750
Brief Description: PEACE II is a unique EU funding programme which aims to help Northern Ireland
become a stable and peaceful society and to promote reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the
Border Regions of Ireland. The PEACE II Extension refers to a two year extension to the PEACE II
Programme. There are 13 Measures within the current Programme which ends in 2006. Addressing the
legacy of conflict and / or taking opportunities arising from peace, promoting reconciliation and mutual
understanding are at the heart of the funding programme. Funding can be accessed:
(1) Through Government Departments
(2) Through intermediaries like the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, the Community
    Relations Council, Rural Development Council etc
(3) Through Local Strategy Partnerships (LSPs) in operation in the 26 Council areas.
Consultations on funding priorities for follow-on programme PEACE III (2007-2013) will be held in

                              The Funding Guide for Voluntary Arts Groups (2005)
PEACE II Extension Programmes:
For full details of PEACE II funding and other European Union Structural Funds as they apply to
Northern Ireland see Application forms can be downloaded from this site or you
can apply on-line. Details of open programmes are listed with links and contacts to the appropriate
Intermediary Body. lists the 26 Local Strategy Partnerships (LSPs) with contact telephone and e-
mail. Contact your local LSP for details of current status, priorities and application procedures for
Measure 3.1 ‘Local Economic Initiatives for Developing Local Communities’ or visit

C      ulture 2000 & Culture 2007
       EUCLID is the official cultural contact point for the EU in the UK. W:

Brief Information:
The Culture 2000 programme contributes to the promotion of a cultural area common to the
European Peoples. For 2005 - 2006, the programme will support projects in all artistic and cultural
fields without a sector priority. The follow-on programme Culture 2007 is being finalised and the first
call for applications is likely to be during 2006. It has three key objectives considered to offer strong
European added value:
     - Transnational mobility for everyone working in the cultural sector in the EU
     - The transnational circulation of works of art and cultural/artistic products
     - Intercultural Dialogue
Further information about Culture 2000 / 2007 current calls for application, procedures and deadlines

F   urther Sources of Information

   -    Voluntary Arts Ireland: See for updates on programmes relevant to
        voluntary arts groups
   -    The European Union including Directorates General – see
   -    UK Cultural Contact Point – see
   -    Contact: European Funding Advice Officer (for Voluntary and Community Sector),
        NICVA T: 028 9087 7777 E:

                              The Funding Guide for Voluntary Arts Groups (2005)

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