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‘Building Positive Rural Communities’ Project

Published: Jan 30

Dear Community Representative

Fermanagh Rural Community Network (FRCN) has been awarded £21,089 from Fermanagh and Omagh PEACE IV Partnership to implement a programme of peace focused activities throughout 2019.

The project entitled ‘Building Positive Rural Communities’ will consist of a series of cross community Stakeholder Group Meetings, Training Workshops, Best Practice Visits and Open Evenings/Exhibitions.

Through the Fermanagh and Omagh PEACE IV Action Plan Small Grants Programme, a total investment of £200,000 has been awarded to 11 community organisations and groups who have each secured a grant ranging from £5,000 up to £25,000.

The Small Grants Programme is one of 16 projects taking place across the District as part of the £2.8 million Fermanagh and Omagh PEACE IV Local Action Plan, which is being delivered by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and supported by the European’s Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Fermanagh Rural Community Network is seeking participants to take part in the ‘Building Positive Rural Communities’ project and invite you to register for this programme.

Topics for the training workshops will include: Sustainable Community Venue Management; Sourcing, Applying For and Managing Funding; Charity Commission Registration & Reporting.

Three Best Practice Visits will be organised for participants to learn from other community groups within Fermanagh & Omagh District and other areas, with the aim of assisting you obtain ideas and knowledge to benefit your group and community.

Fermanagh Rural Community Network will also work with three participating groups by assisting them organise Open Evenings/Exhibitions. The purpose of these will be to promote and showcase your Venues, Cultural and Community Activities to a cross community audience.

For those organisations who have participated in the programme a Project Closure Study Visit is planned to the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre and sites in Dublin associated with Easter Rising.

A central aim of this ‘Building Positive Rural Communities’ Project is that there has to be 26 hours/6 months meaningful, purposeful and sustained contact between persons from different communities over the lifetime of the project, therefore Fermanagh Rural Community Network invite members of your group to participate in all planned project activities.

If you or any member(s) of your organisation are interested in engaging with this programme please complete the attached Registration Form that is available to download by clicking here and return it to Barry Boyle at Fermanagh Rural Community Network by Monday 18th February 2019

Fermanagh Rural Community Network will then be in contact to confirm dates and venues for the forthcoming programme activities.

Please indicate whether your organisation would be willing to host a training workshop and/or an open evening exhibition event.

If you require any further information or clarification please do hesitate to contact us in Fermanagh Rural Community Network on tel. no. 028 6632 7006 or by email: info@fermanaghrcn.org

Looking forward to supporting you and members of your organisation through the ‘Building Positive Rural Communities’ Project.


Barry Boyle
Network Co-ordinator & Community Development Worker