IFI Leadership Funding Programme Launched

On Thursday 29 January NICVA, in conjunction with the International Fund for Ireland (IFI), launched the £2.1 million Community Leadership Programme for Northern Ireland and the Southern Border Counties.

Established in 1993, this Programme is now in its fourth phase and continues to offer exciting and innovative training and learning opportunities which aim to strengthen the leadership capacity of community groups.

Denis Rooney CBE, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland commented:

"The International Fund for Ireland‘s investment of £2.1 million in this Programme shows our commitment to empowering communities to develop their leadership skills to enable them to build more effective communities and improve the conditions in which they live."

NICVA has been awarded the contract to deliver the Programme over the next three years. Seamus McAleavey, chief executive of NICVA commented:

"NICVA is delighted to have been awarded this contract as delivery agent. With a long standing record of providing advice, information, support and training to a wide range of groups across the voluntary and community sector, we believe that this is an opportunity to build on previous successes and demonstrate real outcomes for the groups in the communities they serve."

The Programme will be delivered to 30-35 groups per year over three years in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties, in areas of weak community infrastructure and disadvantage. NICVA will recruit community organisations based on: greatest need, stage of development, potential to gain from the Programme and commitment to learning and development, including the willingness to network with others. 

Groups will also be allocated £2,500 (€2,750) to develop a particular project of their choice during the year, and individuals from the selected groups may gain a Certificate in Management Practice from the University of Ulster and a Level 5 accreditation from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Deadline for expressions of interest is 20 February 2009.

Download the Info Sheet.

Download the Expression of Interest form.