The Removing Barriers Programme aims to facilitate the creation of cross border rural economic development opportunities by encouraging and supporting the development of cross border relations and projects in Tyrone and Donegal. Omagh Community House has been a key player in the delivery of this Tyrone Donegal Partnership Programme, along with our partners in Letterkenny, Tuath and Westbic. During 2005 and 2006 the programme was promoted through information and advice sessions throughout the two counties. Two conferences were delivered through the programme in February 2006 highlighting the potential benefits from cross border collaborations. Approximately 100 community and voluntary groups from Tyrone and Donegal have availed of a range of supports including research, sign posting, capacity building and mentoring.
A key component within the Removing Barriers Programme was the availability of Small Grants to support cross border projects. There was a flurry of activity in September and October to ensure that groups were in a position to make an application to the programme by the closing date of 31st October. The groups continue to receive tailored capacity building and mentoring support to help them with the implementation of their projects.
The Removing Barriers Programme has successfully facilitated the development of cross border networks and partnerships. It has provided the support needed by groups to develop cross border projects, and to successfully apply for funding to implement them. It provides continued support to groups in pursuit of development opportunities. However none of this would be possible without the committment of the organisations that have applied to the programme. The Removing Barriers Programme highlights the sterling work being done on the ground, often on a voluntary basis, to benefit communities across Ireland. For more information and for the latest on our Meet the Funders event to take place in September, see our links section and click on Removing Barriers Programme.