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Robinson and McGuinness announce first projects to benefit from Social Investment Fund 

First Minister the Rt. Hon. Peter D. Robinson, MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, MLA today 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. 

The First Minister, Peter Robinson said: “I welcome this £33million investment in projects to deliver the Social Investment Fund programme. An enormous amount of work has been done by Steering Groups to identify projects that will address the issues affecting the communities that are most in need in each area. 

“Today’s announcement of the first 23 projects confirms where almost half of the Social Investment Fund will be spent. We are determined to see all £80million of this important fund allocated in the coming months.��

The listed projects have been identified as priorities by Steering Groups in each zone. Letters of offer will issue to the successful projects following completion of verification and governance checks which are now taking place. Work is continuing to bring forward further projects which are expected to be ready to start later this year.

The deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: “Through the Steering Groups local people have identified and prioritised the areas of need to ensure the maximum impact of the overall £80million Social Investment Fund. 

“This is only the start and I am confident this funding will enable groups to deliver real benefits for people on the ground. The funding will result in jobs, training and improved facilities for many of the hardest hit areas of our community.”

Notes to editors:

1. The £80million Social Investment Fund (SIF) was established by the Executive to support communities to:
· build pathways to employment;
· tackle the systemic issues linked to deprivation;
· increase community services; and
· address dereliction.

2. The fund is being delivered in partnership with communities across nine Social Investment Zones. Each zone has a steering group with up to 14 members from the business, political, statutory and voluntary and community sectors. The Steering Groups developed plans which identify priority projects for each Social Investment Zone.

3. The first 23 projects and anticipated SIF funding are:

Belfast North Zone 
Employment Fuel Poverty Revenue £2million
Childcare and Family Support Cluster Capital £1.9million
Ethical Dev Trust Revenue £1.5million

Belfast South Zone 
Employment Prog Revenue £2.2million
Taughmonagh Capital £0.9million
Sandy Row Capital Project Capital £0.8million

Belfast West Zone 
Integrated Employment Prog Revenue £3.3million
Early Intervention Revenue £0.9million

Belfast East Zone 
Bryson Street Surgery Capital £1million

Derry/Londonderry Zone 
Capital Cluster Play Capital £1.75milion
Community Work Programme Revenue £3.3million

Northern Zone
CRUN Capital £0.4million

Western Zone 
Work Ready West Revenue £2.2million
Sure Start Revenue £1.3million
Fermanagh House Capital £0.9million

Southern Zone 
Employment Work It Revenue £2.7million
New Directions Capital £0.7million
Sustaining the Infrastructure Capital £1.25million

South Eastern Zone 
Laganview Capital £0.4million
Twinbrook Capital £0.7million
Early Years Revenue £2.5million
West Lisburn Capital £0.6million
Cloona House Capital £0.1million

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