District Councils Good Relations Programme

The District Council Good Relations Programme (DCGRP), is delivered as part of the Executive’s wider ‘Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC)’ Strategy. The key aims of the programme are to improve relations between and within District Council areas and to support local solutions to local good relations issues.

T:BUC Funding Forums will be taking place throughout November and December, with Executive Office staff on hand to answer your questions on Good Relations funding. Access the following link to find out how to register: T:BUC Funding Forums

Showcasing the best of DCGRP

The 2017/18 Programme report and video showcase the excellent work the council’s Good Relations Officers have delivered through the District Council programme, over the funding year to address good relations issues in their areas.

With a strong focus on the outcomes delivered, the programme report highlights a specific case study from each council, each one linked to at least one of the key priorities of the T:BUC Strategy.

Download the programme report below or click on the link to view the online version.

The 2016/17 Programme report and video can also be accessed below.

Outcomes based approach

The DCGRP has a strong focus on the outcomes of delivery and answering the key question, what difference has the project made?

This means that every project funded by the programme has one or more defined and measurable outcomes from its delivery that contribute directly to one or more of the key aims of the T:BUC strategy.

Find out more about the outcomes based approach on the Fiscal Policy Studies Institute website.

Building a united community

Each council programme must be linked to at least one of the key themes of the T:BUC Strategy. These are:

  • Our Children and Young People
  • Our Shared Community
  • Our Safe Community  
  • Our Cultural Expression

Find out more about the overall T:BUC Strategy at the link below.

Programme delivery

The Programme is funded jointly by the Executive Office and the 11 District Councils. The Executive Office is responsible for the strategic direction of the programme.

Councils deliver agreed, outcome focused good relations projects supervised and managed by a team of Good Relations Officers (GROs). Examples of projects include:

  • Cross cultural events and information sessions
  • Awareness campaigns
  • Small Grants schemes
  • Schools programmes
  • Support for the Minority Ethnic community

Watch our interview with Fermanagh & Omagh District Council's Good Relations Manager, Tommy McLaughlin, as he talks about the role of Good Relations Officers and the impact the OBA approach has had on good relations delivery.

For information on the good relations programme in your area visit the District Council Good Relations pages below.

You can also contact the Good Relations Officer in your local council. Contacts for local councils can be found on the nidirect website.

Funding awarded to District Councils in 2018/19

The tables below, under each council heading, show the funding awarded to deliver programmes, linked to one of the four key aims of the T:BUC Strategy, and impacting the specified council area.

The funding information relates to programme costs only. Salary costs are allocated at a strategic level and are not included.

Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council

Project name T:BUC Outcomes Funding by council programme

Summer Intervention including BEAT, Youth Zone, Diversionary Activity and Grant Aid

Children and Young People

 £27,700

Detached Youth Work

Children and Young People

 £5,000

Bee Safe

Children and Young People

 £2,000

Grant Aid

Children and Young People

 £10,000

Reclaiming space through animation programme

Shared Community

 £10,300

Moving Forward Together

Shared Community

 £2,500

Good Relations Engagement

Shared Community

 £7,000

Citizenship and / or Accredited Training

Safe Community

 £3,000

Community Relations in Schools

Safe Community

 £10,000

Hate Crime and Integration Group Programme

Cultural Expression

 £1,600

Local Government  Partnership on Traveller Issues

Cultural Expression

 £650

Good Relations Events Programme

Cultural Expression

 £11,400

Cultural Awareness Scheme

Cultural Expression

 £9,000

Who do you think we are?

Cultural Expression

 £6,500

Historical  Commemorations 

Cultural Expression

 £2,000

Grant Aid

Cultural Expression

 £10,000

Ards & North Down Borough Council

Project name

T:BUC Outcomes

Funding by council programme

Shared Education

Children And Young People

£30,000

Shared Voices

Children And Young People

£1,000

Community Cup

Children And Young People

£1,000

Tackling Young Peoples Issues in partnership

Children And Young People

£5,000

Community Relations through Sport residential

Shared Community

£8,000

Allsorts

Shared Community

£300

Holocaust events

Safe Community

£4,000

Holywood Culture Night

Safe Community

£500

Grants

Cultural Expression

£30,000

History talks

Cultural Expression

£3,000

Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme and BME

Cultural Expression

£400

Living History

Cultural Expression

£9,000

Cultural Expression Festival Programme

Cultural Expression

£60,000

Centenary Drama

Cultural Expression

£6,000

Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon District Council

Project name

T:BUC Outcomes

Total Funding Allocation

Outreach Diversionary Programme

Children And Young People

£16,000

Diversity Awareness Programme in collaboration with
Youth Support Providers

Children And Young People

£16,000

Community Led Good Relations Initiatives

Shared Community

£17,000

Integration and Inclusion Strategy Implementation

Shared Community

£10,000

Women Making Connections

Shared Community

£15,000

Cultural Expression  Programme

Cultural Expression

£20,000

Good Relations Reactionary Programme

Safe Community

£22,000

Good Relations Self Awareness & Skills Development

Safe Community

£51,000

Building Capacity for Peaceful Change

Safe Community

£15,000

Good Relations Events Programme

Cultural Expression

£60,000

Good Relations Financial Assistance Small Grants

Shared Community

£25,000

Good Relations Strategic Support

Shared Community

£7,000

Belfast City Council

Project name

T:BUC Outcomes

Total Funding Allocation

Small grants programme

Shared Community

£215,400

St Patricks Day Celebration Grants

Cultural Expression

£30,000

Cultural Expression Programme

Cultural Expression

£50,000

Decade of Centenaries Programme

Cultural Expression

£5,000

Schools Intervention Programme

Children & Young people

£3,600

Good Relations Approach to Hate Crime

Safe Community

£25,000

DiverseCity

Cultural Expression

£10,000

Hate Crime awareness – Holocaust project

Safe Community

£22,000

Interface Programme

Safe Community

£25,000

Shared space programme

Shared Community

£25,000

Belfast Migrant Forum

Shared Community

£2,000

Good Relations Networks

Shared Community

£3,000

Good Relations Strategy and Communication Resource

Shared Community

£10,000

International day of Peace

Shared Community

£10,000

Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council

Project name

T:BUC Outcomes

Total Funding Allocation

Promoting Youth Civic Engagement

Children & Young people

£17,000

Education Networking Programme

Children & Young people

£7,000

Through the looking glass

Shared Community

£17,000

“We are Open” Sense of Belonging Programme

Shared Community

£7,000

Heritage in Rathlin and the Glens Good Relations Programme

Shared Community

£5,000

Mainstreaming the GR Declaration in shared spaces

Shared Community

£3,000

Civic Leadership Programme

Shared Community

£3,000

Community Tensions Forum Support Programme

Safe Community

£5,000

Community Cohesion programme

Safe Community

£3,500

Positive Promotion of Cultural Celebration

Cultural Expression

£13,500

Building a United Community Fund

Children & Young people

£15,000

Derry City & Strabane District Council

Project name

T:BUC Outcomes

Total Funding Allocation

Post Primary Anti-Prejudice and Training Initiative

Children & Young people

£22,000

Primary School Awareness Initiative

Children & Young people

£15,000

Engaging Youth in their Communities programme

Children & Young people

£20,000

Good Relations Grant programme

Shared Community

£200,000

Good Relations Staff and Councillor Experiential Learning and Trust Building programme

Shared Community

£10,000

Networking and Clustering

Shared Community

£12,000

Legacy and Commemoration Dialogues and Acknowledgement

Shared Community

£9,000

Officers Initiative/Critical Response

Shared Community

£12,000

Civic Leadership Programme – Challenging Prejudice

Shared Community

£22,000

Cultural expression Programme

Cultural Expression

£4,000

Interfaces and Contested Space

Safe Community

£10,000

Safe Children, Safe Community

Safe Community

£10,000

Ubuntu Global Festival

Cultural Expression

£20,000

Community Cohesion festival

Cultural Expression

£5,000

CR Week

Cultural Expression

£10,000

Island Voices

Cultural Expression

£4,000

Traveller Awareness

Cultural Expression

£3,000

BME Support programme

Cultural Expression

£2,000

Fermanagh & Omagh District Council

Project name

T:BUC Outcomes

Total Funding Allocation

Our Place Programme

Cultural Expression

£10,000

Pre-school Exploring Diversity Project

Children & Young people

£4,000

TBUC Youth camps

Children & Young people

£2,000

Sustaining and encouraging the creation of shared council spaces

Shared Community

£9,000

Our Shared Community - Faith based Programme 

Shared Community

£9,600

Black Minority Ethnic and Traveller Programme

Cultural Expression

£20,000

Our Shared Community- Sense of belonging Programme

Shared Community

£5,000

Shared Education Programme  

Shared Community

£8,000

Our Shared Community - Community Relations Week

Shared Community

£2,000

PCSP Partnership Programme

Safe Community

£1,000

Our Cultural Expression - Shared History Programme

Cultural Expression

£3,500

Our Safe Community -  Holocaust Dialogue Talks with Schools

Safe Community

£2,000

Ulster Scots Cultural Programme

Cultural Expression

£5,500

Irish Language Programme

Cultural Expression

£16,000

Promotion of PUL Culture Programme

Safe Community

£8,000

Mainstreaming Good Relations

Cultural Expression

£7,500

Supporting Actions -  Improving communications about good relations

Shared Community

£1,000

Small Grants Programme

All key Priorities

£15,000

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

Project name

T:BUC Outcomes

Total Funding Allocation

Youth Council Leadership & Development

Children & Young people

£10,000

International Childrens Day 2018

Children & Young people

£7,000

Mini Mela X 3

Cultural Expression

£12,000

Accredited Mediation & Lccc Mediators Network

Safe Community

£10,000

Urban/Rural Local Gr Plan Development

Cultural Expression

£4,000

Good Relations & Cultural Identity Grant

Shared Community

£24,000

Community Relations & Cultural Diversity Week

Shared Community

£6,000

The Great War Legacy Project

Cultural Expression

£6,000

#BePartOfHere

Safe Community

£6,000

Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

Cultural Expression

£20,000

Good Relations Audit 2018-2021

Shared Community

£6,000

Mid & East Antrim Borough Council

Project name

T:BUC Outcomes

Total Funding Allocation

Promoting Diversity Through Sport

Children & Young people

£6,000

Youth Engagement Programme

Children & Young people

£5,000

Formative Years Engagement Programme

Children & Young people

£2,500

Schools Engagement Programme

Children & Young people

£15,000

Participation in Regional Initiatives Programme

Shared Community

£11,000

Shared Space Programme

Shared Community

£4,000

Creating a Culture of Respect Programme

Shared Community

£3,000

Good Relations Strategy

Shared Community

£3,500

Safe Space Programme

Safe Community

£14,250

Crisis Intervention Programme

Safe Community

£2,000

Building Capacity and Cohesion Programme

Cultural Expression

£12,250

Good Relations Grants Programme

Cultural Expression

50,000

Our cultural Expression Programme

Cultural Expression

£17,000

Cultural Education Programme

Cultural Expression

£8,000

Our Shared History Programme

Cultural Expression

£19,000

Promoting Positive Race Relations

Cultural Expression

£10,000

Local Historical/Cultural Events Programme

Cultural Expression

£2,500

Mid Ulster District Council

Project name

T:BUC Outcomes

Total Funding Allocation

Post Primary School Diversity Programme

Children & Young people

£10,000

Primary School Diversity Programme

Children & Young people

£8,000

Sharing Cultural Music Tradition in Schools

Children & Young people

£12,000

Youth Diversity and Engagement Programme

Children & Young people

£11,000

Mid Ulster Primary Schools Cross Community Programme

Children & Young people

£24,000

Good Relations Small Grants

Shared Community

£40,000

Shared History and Decade of Anniversaries Programme

Shared Community

£28,000

Shared Spaces

Shared Community

£4,000

Clergy and Churches Leadership and Engagement

Shared Community

£8,000

Enabling Good Relations and Safe Communities

Safe Community

£10,000

Celebrating Cultural Diversity

Cultural Expression

£60,000

Supporting BME Communities

Cultural Expression

£15,000

Newry, Mourne & Down District Council

Project name

T:BUC Outcomes

Total Funding Allocation

Youth Engagement Programme

Children & Young people

£7,500

Thematic Forums Programme

Shared Community

£7,500

Councillors Equality & Good Relations Reference Group

Shared Community

£2,000

Safer Community Programme

Shared Community

£5,000

Cultural Celebrations Programme

Safe Community

£90,000

Ethnic Minority Support Centre & BME Integration Programme

Cultural Expression

£12,000

Facilitated support for District Electoral Area (DEA) Forums

Shared Community

£86,000

Addressing DEA Good Relations issues via District Electoral Area (DEA) Forum Initiatives

Shared Community

£49,000

Good Relations Grant Aid Scheme

Shared Community

£27,000

Reactionary Programme

Shared Community

£10,000

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