The Fund is now in full delivery mode. Across the 9 investment zones in Northern Ireland a total of £86 million has been allocated to 66 projects; 47 capital projects delivering improvements to 108 premises and 19 revenue projects focused on employment, health and educational outcomes. 38 capital projects (99 premises) and 18 revenue projects have now completed. Spend to date is £80.5 million, of which £41.6 million is capital and £38.9 million is revenue.
Local people in disadvantaged communities are now directly benefiting from the opportunities being provided from the Fund. These include opportunities around key issues such as increasing employment potential through gaining valuable experience and training; opportunities to avail of early intervention services to support children and families to maximise their future potential and dedicated educational support to increase future prospects.
This is in addition to benefiting from significant investment to regenerate areas and tackle dereliction to make neighbourhoods more appealing and to increase the level of community services being delivered.
To date over 58,000 people have benefitted from SIF revenue projects, over 6,000 people engaged in employment/training projects; over 29,000 engaged in early intervention projects and over 22,000 engaged in projects focused on education. In addition, over 349,000 people have availed of the services on offer in operational capital builds.
Find out about what the Social Investment Fund is doing and how it is supporting communities via the link below:
Short films of SIF outcomes
Below you can view some short films on the outcomes achieved by SIF projects.
There is a complilation film (7 ½ minutes long) which includes a number of SIF projects. For those who have an interest in a particular area we have broken this film down into its constituent parts:
- Capital projects
- Social economy
- Early intervention and
- Employability projects
There is also a short film highlighting the lessons learned during the delivery of the SIF Work Ready West employability project.
About the fund
The Social Investment Fund is focused on supporting communities to:
- increase employment opportunities by addressing things such as educational underachievement, lack of skills, access to jobs and making it appealing for businesses to start up in areas which have suffered deprivation
- tackle issues such as mental and physical health, use of drugs and alcohol, becoming a young mother, young people’s involvement in antisocial behaviour and the ability of communities to work together which can all be associated with deprivation
- increase services in the community by improving existing facilities, making the environment better and providing additional facilities where needed and possible
- address dereliction in order to make areas more appealing for investment and for those living there
Operation of the fund
The fund is being delivered in partnership with communities across nine social investment zones. Each zone has a steering group with up to 14 members from the business, political, statutory and voluntary and community sectors. The Steering Groups developed and prioritised projects to address priority needs in each zone.
Information on the Steering group membership can be found at the link below.
How the investment zones were decided
Four zones identified outside Belfast are broadly the same as the areas where the health and social care trusts operate. Four zones are in the Greater Belfast area and are largely based on Northern Ireland Assembly constituencies. One zone is aligned with the Derry City Council boundary.
Eligibility for funding
The Steering Groups for each zone were asked to identify areas eligible to avail of SIF interventions related to the 4 objectives. It was agreed that the following measures would be used to decide which areas were eligible:
- areas within the top 10 per cent of most deprived Super Output Areas on the Multiple Deprivation Measure 2010
- areas within the top 20 per cent of most deprived Super Output Areas on the key indicators of income, employment, education and health
- areas which could provide independently verified and robust evidence of objective need linked to the four strategic objectives of the Social Investment Fund (as detailed above)
A total of 66 projects prioritised by local Steering groups are being delivered under the Social Investment Fund. Funding has been committed to all projects and details are available by accessing the link below:
SIF Gateway Reports
The NI Executive and Procurement Board endorsed, formalised and introduced the Gateway Review Process in Northern Ireland in December 2003.
The Gateway Review process is a series of independent peer reviews at key stages of a programme or project lifecycle, aimed at ensuring its successful delivery.
The Social Investment Fund (SIF) was subject to a total of 4 Gateway reviews and the final reports are available via the link below:
Contact Social Investment Project Team
If you would like more information about the Social Investment Project you can contact the SIF project team