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Social Investment Fund projects

The Steering Groups submitted a total of 89 Projects within their plans from across the nine zones. The projects pass through a quality assurance review to ensure that only the most robust projects and those that will have the most positive impact within their communities are recommended to go through to the next stage. Decisions are then made on the final projects and how they will be funded and delivered.

Funding announced for first SIF projects

The First Minister and deputy First Minister have announced the first projects to be funded through the Social Investment Fund (SIF) programme. £33million will be invested in 12 capital projects and 11 revenue projects, aimed at tackling poverty and deprivation through improved community based services and facilities.
You can access the announcement news releases at the link below.
The full list of first projects to be funded is available. You can click on the funding zone area links below.

List of all projects within the affordability limits

This list includes projects that are approved and are currently at Letter of Offer stage, these are the 23 projects announced by Ministers on 10 February 2014.
The list also comprises the projects which are currently within the funding allocation of each zone but have not yet been approved by the economic appraisal process. It should be noted that these projects, with the status 'awaiting approval' are not guaranteed funding.

Belfast North Zone

Project

Type

Background

Funding

Status

Employment Fuel Poverty RevenueA project to improve employability and reduce fuel poverty £2millionApproved
Childcare & Family Support Cluster CapitalA project to improve two childcare and family support facilities (Ashton Centre & Wishing Well)£1.9millionApproved
Ethical Development Trust RevenueA project to set up, support and then develop market ready property based projects. £1.5millionApproved
Increasing Community Services Cluster CapitalA capital cluster project to replace and extend five locations within the Belfast North Zone. £2.7million (estimated)Awaiting approval
Increasing Community Services Cluster (Refurbishment) CapitalA cluster project to refurbish six locations within the Belfast North Zone. £430,000 (estimated)Awaiting approval

Belfast South Zone

Project

Type

Background

Funding

Status

Employment Programme RevenueAn employment project targeting 375 local people to train in catering, hospitality, retail and IT£2.2millionApproved
TaughmonaghCapital A project to facilitate an extension to the day nursery and healthy living centre at Taughmonagh. £934,000Approved
Sandy Row CapitalThe funding requested will allow for the Purchase and refurbishment of 127-145 Sandy Row to create a training and education centre and social economy asset.  £800,000Approved
Lanyon Tunnels CapitalA capital project totalling £1.4m. This proposal is to open the tunnels at Lanyon Place and turn them into commercial businesses such as cafe, crèche, recycling centre, community space etc. £1.4millionAwaiting approval
Increasing Community ServicesCapitalA capital cluster to refurbish ten locations within the Belfast South Zone. £1.75million (estimated)Awaiting approval

Belfast East Zone

Project

Type

Background

Funding

Status

Bryson Street Surgery CapitalA project for the development of the derelict site on Bryson Street to a 680m2 purpose built Community Doctor’s Surgery £1millionApproved
Education & Early Years RevenueA revenue project focusing on education and early years initiatives with an estimated cost of £2.1m £1.2million (estimated)Awaiting approval
Economic Renewal RevenueA revenue project designed to provide pathways to employment through a coordinated programme of employability, enterprise and economic development initiatives across the zone. £1.8million (estimated)Awaiting approval
Increasing Community Services CapitalA capital cluster to improve 15 community facilities across the zone. £1.6million (estimated)Awaiting approval
Ballymac CapitalA capital project for construction of a purpose built community centre and MUGA in the Ballymacarret estate £1.3million (estimated) Awaiting approval

Belfast West Zone

Project

Type

Background

Funding

Status

Integrated Employment Programme RevenueA large Intermediate Labour Market (ILM) programme which aims to support up to 300 (200 full time equivalent) local people to get back into mainstream employment. The programme will include a 12 month paid placement, onsite training, off site training, skills development, mentoring and other specialist support. £3.3millionApproved
Early Intervention Programme RevenueThis project proposes to work with up to 900 NEETS/young people aged 12-21 involved in anti-social behaviour, low level criminality and at risk of entering the criminal justice system to help them realise their potential and make life changing decisions. The project also has an element of family support.£930,000Approved
Numeracy & Literacy Programme RevenueThis is a Programme to address educational under achievement by delivering targeting interventions at pre-school, nursery and primary schools with a wrap around support system to parents and families at home. £1.3millionAwaiting approval
St Comgalls CapitalThis is a proposal to renovate the derelict former St Comgalls school on the Falls Road in conjunction with Belfast City Council. £3.5millionAwaiting approval
InaG CapitalThis project seeks to create a hub for Irish language related organisations within the Gaeltacht Quarter. £1million (estimated)Awaiting approval
Impact Training CapitalThe capital build project seeks to extend and refurbish the current premises to facilitate additional trainees and increase the training provision offered. £1.2millionAwaiting approval
Argyle CapitalThis capital build project is for an extension to the units within Argyle Business Centre to provide additional office space and business premises to local people to enable business start up. These units are offered at reduced prices to encourage local small business to stay in the area creating employment. £1.1millionAwaiting approval

Derry/Londonderry Zone

Project

Type

Background

Funding

Status

Capital cluster: Invest in Play CapitalA capital cluster to improve play facilities with a value of £1.75m at the following locations Ballyarnett, Ballymagroarty and Daisyfield.£1.75millionApproved
Community Work Programme RevenueA project to improve employment, providing long term placements targeted upon those on the margins but especially the young (<25 years) long term unemployed. £3.3millionApproved
Capital Cluster Pitches CapitalA capital cluster project to increase to increase health & wellbeing. £4.5million (estimated)Awaiting approval

Northern Zone

Project

Type

Background

Funding

Status

CRUN (Coleraine Rural Urban Network)CapitalA project to provide a new multi purpose Community Hub of circa 9,000 square feet.£462,000Approved
Fuel Poverty RevenueA revenue project to address issues of extreme fuel poverty throughout the Northern Zone£1.5millionApproved
Employment through Education RevenueA revenue project to improve employability through education throughout the Northern Zone £2.9million (estimated)Awaiting approval
Health & Wellbeing RevenueA revenue project to build community capacity to address health issues within the Northern Zone. £1.28million (estimated)Awaiting approval
Community Capacity Hubs CapitalA capital project to improve community facilities. These are Community Buildings Cookstown and five Orange Halls in the Cookstown/Magherafelt area. £1.4million (estimated)Awaiting approval

South Eastern Zone

Project

Type

Background

Funding

Status

Laganview Enterprise Centre CapitalA project to extend Laganview Enterprise Centre to provide a range of services targeting health and wellbeing£385,00Approved
Twinbrook Family Centre CapitalA project for the extension and renovation of the Centre to deliver educational and family services£713,000Approved
TransitionsRevenueAn early intervention project which seeks to improve educational attainment by targeting school readiness and transition between primary and post primary.£2.5millionApproved
West Lisburn CapitalA project to refurbish the West Lisburn Community Centre for use as a dedicated youth facility£558,000Approved
Cloona House CapitalA project for upgrade and repair works to Cloona House to enable it to continue to act as a hub for community activities.  £135,000Approved
Community Houses CapitalA capital technical assistance project to scope the potential to improve a number of community houses in the North Down and Ards areas at an estimated cost of £18,000.£18,000 (estimated)Awaiting approval
Castlewellan CapitalA capital project to extend and renovate the Castlewellan Community Centre at an estimated cost of £500,000.£500,000 (estimated)Awaiting approval
Employment & Training RevenueA revenue funded cross-zone community-led employability programme offering essential skills, vocational training and work experience. £914,000 (estimated)Awaiting approval
Youth Intervention RevenueA revenue funded cross-zone youth intervention programme seeking to engage young people and reduce the risk of them becoming NEETS. £874,000 (estimated)Awaiting approval
Community Operated Sports Facilities CapitalA capital cluster project to create 5 community operated sports facilities (football pitches and games areas) in Kilcooley, Downpatrick, Ballyhornan, Glen Estate and Clandeboye. £925,000 (estimated)Awaiting approval

Southern Zone

Project

Type

Background

Funding

Status

Employment Work RevenueA project designed to improve employability through paid work placements, enhanced training, personal development and job search activities£2.7millionApproved
New DirectionsCapitalA Capital Cluster comprising two capital build projects (Kilclunney Community Hall (new build in Markethill) and fit out of YMCA premises in Lurgan)£733,000Approved
Sustaining the Infrastructure Capital
A capital cluster project to improve 14 community facilities across the southern zone:
  • Gilford Community Club
  • Brownstown Campus, Portadown
  • Richmount childcare, Portadown
  • Happy Days Playgroup Coalisland
  • Mount Zion Energy Project Lurgan  
  • Underground Project Lurgan
  • Silverbridge Track and Car Park
  • Clogher Orange Hall
  • Corcrain Orange Hall
  • Corcrain Shops Redevelopment
  • Banbridge Orange Hall
  • Holy Trinity Church Hall, Banbridge
  • Pearse Ogs Minor Works Armagh
  • Dromore Orange Hall
£1.3millionApproved
Community Sports Programmes CapitalA capital cluster project to improve leisure facilities within the zone and involves the completion of projects from Cullyhanna Community Group with St. Patricks GFC, Annagh Football Club Portadown, Clady GFC South Armagh and Thomas Davis GFC Newry. £1.3million (estimated)Awaiting approval
Job Smart RevenueA revenue project designed to improve employability through the up-skilling and retraining of both the unemployed and those in low paid employment. £1.6million (estimated)Awaiting approval
Armagh Harps CapitalA capital build project for a community hall and sports complex for Armagh Harps GFC at an estimated cost of £1.1m. £1.1million (estimated)Awaiting approval

Western Zone

Project

Type

Background

Funding

Status

Work Ready West RevenueA revenue project which seeks to provide paid employment opportunities for 120 participants £2.2millionApproved
SATCHELRevenueA project which will build on the existing Surestart programme. The proposal is to support families through the transition from Nursery/pre-school into P1 and P2. Surestart type services will be offered to families with children in the age 4-6 range.£1.35millionApproved
Fermanagh House CapitalThe project proposes to refurbish and extend Fermanagh House. The aim being to provide community facilities within one property and thereby create a one stop shop which makes community service more accessible to the local people.   £865,000Approved
COTHU CapitalA capital project to provide family nurturing centres in Limavady and Dungiven.£580,000Awaiting approval
Capital Health & Wellbeing CapitalA capital project at a cost of £1million. It is the development of three leisure/sport projects which will enhance provision currently on offer to the community whilst improving physical health and well being £1millionAwaiting approval
Community Premises CapitalA capital project costing £1.1m. This project seeks to extend or renovate a maximum of 40 properties across the zone to facilitate the improvement of services offered to the community £1.1millionAwaiting approval
Halls Together Now CapitalA capital project costing £500,000. It is a refurbishment of St McCartins church hall in Enniskillen £500,000Awaiting approval
Educate Advise Advocate RevenueA revenue project costing £200,000 to enhance the current advice provision. The project will aim to educate on debt management, benefit processes etc thereby directly reducing poverty. £200,000Awaiting approval