Atlantic Philanthropies

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Northern Ireland is emerging from a protracted conflict that resulted in the loss of thousands of lives. The peace settlement of 1998 brought about great progress, but the region remains deeply divided. The legacy of conflict permeates nearly all aspects of life, and segregation of public services and social inequality persist. Although there is widespread public support for the structures and institutions established by peace agreements, many communities have yet to see the benefits. The global recession and economic downturn have the potential to exacerbate community tensions if policymaking does not sufficiently address inequalities, segregation and disadvantage.   

Atlantic’s grantmaking in Northern Ireland dates back to the early 1990s. Initial efforts supported peacemaking and strengthening higher education. Since 2004, we have focused on three programme areas: Ageing, Children & Youth, and Reconciliation & Human Rights.  

All of Atlantic’s work in Northern Ireland seeks to cement peace by improving the lives of those most disadvantaged, particularly the old and the young. Atlantic and our grantees seek progress to build a more equitable society that protects rights and strengthens democracy.

Our Focus As We Conclude Our Grantmaking

  • Ageing

    Ageing

    We seek to improve the care and well-being of people living with dementia and will support a small number of key organisations that have proven achievements, solid management and strong potential to advocate for older people’s rights after we end our grantmaking.
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  • Children & Youth

    Children & Youth

    To ensure that children and young people have good life outcomes, Atlantic supports grantees that are transforming services for children and young people by providing and promoting prevention and early intervention programmes.
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  • Reconciliation & Human Rights

    Reconciliation & Human Rights

    We seek to promote shared education between Protestant and Catholic schools and will support a small number of key organisations that have proven achievements, solid management and strong potential to promote and protect rights after we end our grantmaking.
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  • We also seek to strengthen philanthropy in Northern Ireland and disseminate our learnings to help develop the field.
  • > View all Northern Ireland grants (2001 - present)

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