Financial boost for Dromore in Action

Local community group

Dromore in Action has been given a financial boost by a peace building fund.

Dromore in Action was one of nine groups in Northern Ireland who received funding from ‘Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities’ programme.

The funding will be used to facilitate consultation and creative engagement within their local areas with a view to developing public art that will challenge both sectarian and racist attitudes and support community cohesion.

Dromore in Action, which is based in Church Street, was established in 2008 with the aim of building relationships within and between people and communities, to promote local participation in community development and peace building and to create community cohesion by offering opportunities and support that had not been previously available to the area.

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, said: “On behalf of the Arts Council and our funding partners in this programme, we are delighted to announce a further nine projects to be awarded funding.

“This important programme provides an invaluable opportunity for communities to promote tolerance and understanding while using the arts to find positive new ways to express identity and tradition.

“The arts introduce a new dimension to the process of building reconciliation within and between communities.

“ I’m delighted that these projects are now in a position to place creative regeneration at the very heart of their local neighbourhoods and, in doing so, take the first steps in creating a better future for everyone.”

The £3.1275 million Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities programme offers funding to community groups and local authorities across Northern Ireland and the Border Region that want to tackle sectarianism and racism.

Up to £5,000 is available to fund peace building through local consultation and creative engagement for each project site.

Upon completion of this stage, a second application up to £50,000 can be made to produce and install the artwork.