PEACE IV Programme

The €270m PEACE IV Programme is a unique initiative of the European Union which has been designed to support peace and reconciliation. The PEACE Programme was initially created in 1995 as a direct result of the EU's desire to make a positive response to the paramilitary ceasefires of 1994. Whilst significant progress has been made since then, there remains a need to improve cross-community relations and where possible further integrate divided communities. The new programming period for 2014-2020 provides opportunity for continued EU assistance to help address the peace and reconciliation needs of the region.

In total 85% of the Programme, representing €229m is provided through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The remaining €41, representing 15% is match-funded by the Irish Government and the NI Executive. The eligible area for the PEACE IV Programme for 2014-2020 is Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of Ireland (including Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Sligo).

The content of the new PEACE IV Programme has four core objectives where it will make real and lasting change in terms of Shared Education initiatives, Support for marginalised Children and Young People, the provision of new Shared Spaces and Services, and projects that will Build Positive Relations with people from different communities and backgrounds.



Cavan County Council is seeking applications for funding from community groups and organisations under the following measure:


Building Positive Relations - Action 4.1 Local Authority Action Plans


Organisations are invited to submit project proposals with the following specific objective:

The promotion of positive relations characterised by respect, where cultural diversity is celebrated and people can live, learn and socialise together, free from prejudice, hate and intolerance.


A total of €526,580 (subject to funding being approved) may be allocated to this measure. The minimum level of funding available per project will be €5,000 and maximum €50,000. In exceptional circumstances a maximum small grant allocation @ €125,000 could be considered.


There will be a rolling call for submission of applications between October 2017 and February 2018:

Opening Date: 21 September 2017

Closing Dates: 27 October 2017 (3pm); 15 December 2017 (3pm) and 16 February 2018 (3pm)

Download the Small Grant guidance note (Word .doc 125kb)

Download the Small Grant application form (Word .doc 129kb)

For more information, email, or call 049 437 8300.