Equity Diversity Interdependence
Promoting a Peaceful and Fair
Society based on Reconciliation
and Mutual Trust.
03 July 2008
MINUTES OF THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL ON 27th May 2008 AT CRC OFFICES, 6 MURRAY STREET, BELFAST (Confirmed)
Dr David Stevens (Chair), Paul Smyth, Maggie Bryson, Eileen Gallagher,
Pauline Morgan(CRU), Roberta Dalton (CRU), Colin Craig, Cathy Gormley-Heenan
Jim Dennison, Patricia Armstrong, Deirdre McKenna, Elizabeth Corrigan and Eileen Deacon (minute taker)
01 GENERAL BUSINESS
Members were welcomed and apologies noted.
02 MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Minutes of the last meeting were agreed.
03 MATTERS ARISING
04 CAPITAL BUILD
Staff informed Committee that CRC has been asked to administer some additional Peace II Extension grant aid (£300k). The process for allocation would include a short application form with a quick turnaround time. Colleagues in CRU will be working with the SEUPB to engage consultants to undertake revisions of/additions to the original economic appraisals for each project. The closing date for slippage forms will be Monday 2nd June, with the consultants hoping to have all of their work completed by end June. CRC staff will complete short reports/recommendations for Committee consideration in early July. Committee agreed that this meeting be scheduled for Thursday 3rd July at 10.30am.
The additional grant aid being given to projects will extend the Programme until early 2009 which will mean the Committee will be needed until all projects have been completed.
05 PEACE III UPDATE
Staff gave Committee an update on PEACE III. Consortium (CRC and Border Action) development work with local councils/cluster areas on their Peace III Peace and Reconciliation Plans is well underway and will be an on-going facet of our work in the future. An SEUPB Steering Committee meeting held in early May passed (with some pre-conditions) 3 of the 8 Northern Plans, with 5 requiring additional work. Consortium staff are currently working on the Suitability Statements for the 6 Southern Border County area.
Staff reported that the Consortium is acting in a funding role in Priority 1.2 Strand 3 ‘Securing the Future’. Staff have been busy working on application forms, guidance notes and assessment processes. The Strand opened on 14th April 2008 and closes on 13th June 2008. Staff have held a workshop and will be holding pre-application clinics on 30th May in Belfast and 5th June in Monaghan to give groups a further opportunity to speak to staff regarding their application. Staff informed Committee that, at present, there has been little interest and only a small amount of applications have been downloaded from our websites.
Staff advised that Strand 2 of the Priority – ‘Support for Participation’ - will open mid June, with associated workshops, publicity and assessments thereafter.
05 SLIPPAGE ALLOCATIONS
Staff informed Committee there was a budget of up to £250k to be allocated and that c£205k has been requested. Any uncommitted monies left will be placed in the Capital Build Fund.
Declarations of Interest
Dr David Stevens The Corrymeela Community
Maggie Bryson Cookstown LSP
Cliftonville Community & Regeneration Forum – 05/0614/030457
The Corrymeela Community – 06/0233/037581
Interaction – 06/0260/07323
The LINC Resource Centre – 05/0507/029326
The Link- 05/0633/029411
An Munia Tober – 06/0297/037634
Irish Football Association – 05/0702/029650
The Playhouse – 05/0645/031102
Ulster People’s College – 05/0628/031015
Youth Initiatives – 05/0557/029347
INCORE - 06/0239/037622
Lower Shankill Community Association – 06/0285/037627
Youth Link - 05/0549/029959
Youth Action – 05/0586/029796
Chinese Welfare Association – 06/0210/037425
Peace and Reconciliation Group – 05/0659/
The Junction - 05/0647/029770
Tides Training – 06/0212/037443
Cookstown LSP - 06/0146/037710
Staff informed Committee that Cookstown LSP have asked to extend their project until 15th September 2008, to give time for Consultants to bring the project to a close. The extension will also allow the project the time needed to close the small grants programme, finish the Migrant Worker Needs survey project and continue and complete work in Coagh and Pomperoy.
Committee agreed to extend the programme to 15th September 2008.
06 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Thursday 3rd July at 10.30.
07 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
There was no other business. Staff and members were thanked for their contributions.
SIGNED: ____________________________________ DATE:_______________________
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