Our commitment to building a united and shared society
You can download the 'Together: Building a United Community' Strategy via the link below:
- Together: Building a United Community Strategy
- Statement from the First Minister and deputy First Minister on Together: Building a United Community (NI Executive website)
The Section 75 equality screening form of the 'Together: Building a United Community' Strategy is available at the link below.
The strategy outlines how government, community and individuals will work together to build a united community and achieve change against the following key priorities:
- our children and young people
- our shared community
- our safe community
- our cultural expression
Each of the four key priorities also has a set of tangible and practical commitments.
T:BUC Engagement Forum
The T:BUC Engagement Forum has been established to:
Enable government and its associated bodies to update the voluntary & community sector on progress with regard to the implementation of T:BUC; and
Enable the voluntary & community sector to address T:BUC implementation issues, identify good practice and make practical and innovative recommendations for improved delivery.
The inaugural meeting took place on 10 March 2016. Three meetings will be held each year.
If you would like to register your interest in the T:BUC Engagement Forum please contact the Community Relations Council at 028 9022 7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information including summary records of meetings please follow this link:
Summer Camps Programme
On 15 April 2015, First Minister the Rt Hon Peter D. Robinson MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA announced the launch of a pilot programme of 100 summer camps for young people. This is one of the headline actions of the Together: Building a United Community Strategy published in May 2013.
Beginning in summer 2015, the programme provided a range of opportunities for young people aged 11 to 19 across Northern Ireland to come together to build positive relationships across what have become divided parts of our community. The Camps are about challenging historic positions, encouraging debate and discussion and providing a way for young people to get to know each other, try new experiences, have fun and help to build longer term relationships. Camps must be delivered on a cross-community basis.
101 camps received funding in 2015/16, details of these camps can be found via the link below:
Summer Camps Pilot Programme 2015 – Evaluation
As part of the ongoing evaluation of the pilot year (2015) of the Summer Camps programme delivered as part of the 'Together: Building a United Community' Strategy a series of Shared Learning Forums were facilitated by OFMDFM (supported by the evaluator from SIB) as follows:-
- Enniskillen – 1 October
- Belfast – 6 October
- Derry/Londonderry – 5 November
- Newry – 10 November
Please see attached summary of the feedback from the Shared Learning Forums.
A full and independent evaluation of the Summer Camps Pilot Programme 2015 has been carried out by the Strategic Investment Board (SIB). You can view the Together Building a United Community Summer Camps - Final Evaluation Report below:
Launch of Summer Camps Programme 2016-17
The Summer Camps Programme 16/17 is now open for applications and will close at 5.00pm on 19 April 2016
Successful applicants under the Summer Camps Programme 2016/17 will be required to deliver projects by 28 February 2017.
How to apply
The Guidance Notes, Application Form (MS Word and PDF versions) and a list of frequently asked questions are available to download via the links below:
- Summer Camps Programme 16/17 - Guidance notes
- Summer Camps Programme 16/17 - Application Form (PDF)
- Summer Camps Programme 16/17 - Application Form (MS Word)
- Summer Camps Programme 16/17 - Frequently Asked Questions
Hard copies of these documents may be obtained from the Summer Camps Team
Summer Camps Information Workshops
A number of Information Workshops have recently been held to provide advice and guidance to organisations who are considering applying for funding under the Summer Camps Programme 2016/17. Along with the workshops a resource pack has been prepared. The document can be downloaded below:
Equality Impact Screening and Statement of Impact
The Section 75 Equality Screening Form of the Together: Building a United Community – Summer Camps Pilot Programme is available at the link below:
- Together: Building a United Community – Summer Camps Pilot Programme - Section 75 Equality Screening Form
If you would like more information about Summer Camps Programme, please contact the Summer Camps Team.
Rural Impact Statement
It is intended that the Summer Camps Programme would have a positive impact on young people living in both urban and rural areas. In order to rural proof this policy, we have developed a Rural Impact Statement for the programme, which can be viewed via the link below:
United Youth Programme
For our children and young people, we will create 10,000 one year placements in a new 'United Youth' programme.
The programme is designed to give young people who are not in education, employment or training the opportunity to take part in work experience, volunteering and leisure opportunities ,while focusing on good relations and building relationships between divided communities.
United Youth Design Day
In January 2014, the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister held a 'Design Day' in Belfast to shape the new United Youth Programme. The First Minister the Rt Hon Peter D. Robinson MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA launched the event, meeting over 250 participants including young people and youth organisations who came together to create the new personal development and employability opportunities for young people.
You can view the news release and evaluation report on the 'Design Day' at the links below.
- News release - Young people have their say on new United Youth Programme (NI Executive website)
- United Youth Programme Design Day - Summary and evaluation of feedback from participants
Review of Good Relations Funding delivery
Future funding arrangements must be both strategic and flexible to respond to the differing levels of capacity amongst organisations working to build a united community.
Through the implementation of the Together: Building a United Community Strategy, we will ensure that funding is directed in a way that secures sustainability of the infrastructure that has been established at a local level and that continues to develop the capacity of individuals and organisations working to build good relations across our society.
Throughout the review of good relations funding delivery process a number of events have been held and an evaluation of the events was carried out.You can view the evaluation report at the link below.
Contested Space/Interface Programme
The Contested Space/Interface Programme was launched in March 2011 and jointly funded by OFMDFM and Atlantic Philanthropies. The budget was £4 million and its key aim was to promote and improve relations between and across disadvantaged communities. Nine projects were funded across Northern Ireland, in urban and rural areas through two phases. During the course of the programme some 16,257 distinct participants were involved ranging across: nursery and pre-school children; primary and post primary pupils; young adults; parents; teaching staff, governors and management committees.
Central Good Relations Funding Programme
The Central Good Relations Funding Programme supports the achievement of the Executive’s strategic objectives relating to good relations.
Aim of the Central Good Relations Fund
The Fund supports productive, time bound projects which contribute to the promotion of good relations and to building a united and shared community. The programme will support productive time bound projects which contribute to the promotion of good relations. The Central Good Relations Fund is a small central scheme designed to distribute funding in year. The fund does not and will not replace mainstream core or project funding.
Ministerial priorities aimed at building a united, shared and reconciled community are identified in the good relations strategy, Together: Building a United Community, published on 23 May 2013.
You can access the strategy document below:
The Central Good Relations Fund programme 2017/18 is now open for applications.
The application process for small grants remains open throughout the year.
Successful applicants under the 2017/18 funding programme will be required to deliver projects by 31 March 2018.
How to apply
The guidance notes, application form and a list of frequently asked questions are available to download via the links below:
- Central Good Relations Funding Programme - Guidance notes
- Central Good Relations Funding Programme - Application form
- Central Good Relations Funding Programme - Frequently Asked Questions
Hard copies of these documents may be obtained from the Central Good Relations Funding Programme.
Seven pre-application workshops will be held to inform potential applicants about the application process, how to complete the application form as well as to provide practical help and advice.
|Ballymena, Tullyglass House Hotel||Thursday, 23 February 2017 from 09:30 to 12pm|
Londonderry, City Hotel Derry
Friday, 24 February 2017 from 09:30 to 12pm
Londonderry, City Hotel Derry
Friday, 24 February 2017 from 13:30 to 16:00
Belfast, Girdwood Community Hub
Monday, 27 February 2017 from 09:30 to 13:00
Belfast, Girdwood Community Hub
Monday, 27 February 2017 from 13:30 to 16:00
Banbridge, Belmont Hotel
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 from 09:30 to 12pm
Enniskillen, Fermanagh House
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 from 10:00 to 12:30pm
|Omagh, The Tara Centre||Monday, 6 March 2017 from 10.00 to 12.30pm|
Deadline for applications - Monday 20 March 2017 at 2pm
A copy of the presentation delivered at each pre-application workshops can be downloaded for those unable to attend a workshop via the link below:
Please refer to the information below for application deadlines for project funding and small grants funding.
Funding for 2017/18
- Project Funding
The closing date for applications is Monday 20 March 2017 at 2.00pm
- Small Grants
Deadline for applications - open throughout 2017/18
2016/17 Progress Reports
Guidance notes on when and how to complete and submit a Progress Report and Final Progress Report Checklist, can be accessed on the link below:
You can access the Progress Report Template and Final Progress Report Checklist template below:
Contact the Central Good Relations Fund team
You can contact TEO for any queries in relation to the funding programme via the Central Good Relations Funding Programme.
District Councils Good Relations Programme
The Good Relations Funding and Delivery Branch provides funding to District Councils to deliver the District Council Good Relations Programme, whichhas been developed to support local community relations initiatives. All 11 District Councils currently participate in the Programme, employing at least one Good Relations officer to manage and deliver community relations initiatives locally.
For details of the Community Relations programme in your area you should contact the Good Relations Officer in your local Council. Contacts for local councils can be found on the nidirect website.
Urban Villages Initiative
The Urban Villages Initiative is a headline action within the NI Executive’s Together: Building a United Community (TBUC) Strategy, and is overseen by the Executive Office. It is designed to improve good relations outcomes and develop thriving places where there has been a history of deprivation and community tension. There are three inter-connected aims:
- To foster positive Community Identities;
- To build Community Capacity; and
- To improve the Physical Environment.
The five Urban Villages areas are:
- Ardoyne and Greater Ballysillan (North Belfast)
- Colin (West Belfast)
- EastSide (East Belfast)
- Sandy Row, Donegall Pass and the Markets areas (South Belfast)
- The Bogside, Fountain and Bishop Street (Derry~Londonderry)
For more information or to view the Urban Villages Initiative Strategic Frameworks, access the link below:
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Community Relations Council
The Community Relations Council is an independent body. It is the main channel for government funding and has become an established centre of expertise on community relations in Northern Ireland, co-ordinating and advising voluntary community relations groups. We provide financial assistance to the Community Relations Council.
For more information visit the Community Relations Council website.
An evaluation of the Community Relations Council’s Core Funding Programme was commissioned by the Community Relations Unit (CRU) of the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister and carried out by the Equality Directorate Research Branch of OFMDFM. It was completed in December 2005. Access the document below:
A Shared Future - Policy and Strategic Framework for Good Relations in Northern Ireland
A Shared Future - Policy and Strategic Framework for Good Relations in Northern Ireland was published on Monday 21 March 2005.
If you would like to download a copy of the A Shared Future report please view the links below:
Alternatively if you would like a hard copy please use the contact details below:
Telephone: 028 9052 23182
Good Relations Panel
In A Shared Future, Government made a public commitment to the establishment of a Good Relations Panel.
This cross-departmental group, chaired by the Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service and supported by officials in OFMDFM, will report to Ministers. The panel which is made up of senior representatives from key departments, representatives from local government, the Housing Executive, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Equality Commission and the Community Relations Council will harness actions across government.
The responsibilities of the Panel include:
- co-ordinate long-term actions
- advise on targeting of resources
- monitor outcomes
- develop the actions/priority areas
- provide joined up coherent action to promote relationship building
- prepare the Triennial Action Plan underpinned by Section 75
- establishing a mechanism to involve, on an on-going basis, wider civic society in shaping a triennial action plan
List of publications, speeches and consultations
A number of reports, consultations and speeches have been published relating to the A Shared Future Policy. Please see below link to download the list of documents available.
If you would like to receive an electronic or hard copy of any report listed please use the contact information below:
Telephone: 028 9037 8201.
Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week
Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week is a T:BUC initiative and is co-ordinated by CRC in conjunction with The Executive Office and Department for Communities. In 2016, it took place from 19 - 25 September.
Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week provides a platform for organisations and groups from the community and voluntary sectors, arts, culture, sport, education and the wider public sector to showcase innovative approaches to good relations and building a united and shared community.
The theme for 2016 was Building the Future Together, it focussed how all members of our society can shape the future to be a positive space in which our diversity is celebrated.