Co. Louth VEC this week awarded funding of €40,000 for five local projects under its PEACE III funded ‘Diverse Leaders’ Project’ 2012. Minority faith groups, travellers, mens’ associations and ethnic minority groups are just some of the PEACE III target groups that will be directly involved in the projects. The Diverse leaders’ project is supported by the European Union’s Peace III programme as awarded by Louth Peace and Reconciliation Partnership.
The Diverse Leaders’ Project’s vision is to negate any culture of racism and sectarianism in Co. Louth, to build the capacity of minority groups to engage more fully in local society and to enable the emergence of peace building leaders within local minority groups in the county.
The five lucky recipients include Drogheda based Culture Connect and Dundalk based Wellington Hall Project, Muslim community Dundalk, Men’s Shed Dundalk and Louth Travellers Movement. The awarded projects will help develop the capacity of the membership of each group to address issues such as isolation and identity, while strengthening local intercultural initiatives. Over the coming weeks, each of the projects will engage in a training programme in peace building and leadership skills. In this manner, the Diverse Leaders’ Project is helping to build relations at a local level.
Co. Louth VEC intends to make a second call for proposals to the Diverse Leaders’ Project, for projects that will run in 2013. Further details of this will be made available in December 2012. The Diverse Leaders’ project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme as awarded by Louth Peace and Reconciliation Partnership