In a bid to develop the skills of young people in Greater East Belfast whilst simultaneously developing projects that will benefit the area, the David Ervine Foundation, administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, is taking the innovative step of funding action research projects led by 20 to 30 year-old individuals living, working or involved in East Belfast through bursaries of up to £2,500 each.
The young people will produce action research on peacebuilding, conflict transformation or community development which will lead to the implementation of practical projects benefiting the East Belfast community. In turn, researchers will not only contribute to the well-being of the community but will also gain new employability skills, build personal development skills and become champions for the David Ervine Foundation, showcasing their research and outcomes at local level, with international opportunities.
Jackie Redpath, Chair of the David Ervine Foundation, said: “When it comes to East Belfast, research and community action go hand in hand. An academic background is not necessary and young people who have obtained a bursary from the David Ervine Foundation will receive support throughout their project through mentoring and sponsorship.
“What we require is a passion for East Belfast and a good idea that can translate into research and will benefit the community with effective implementation on the ground.
“This Bursaries Programme is a brand new initiative of the David Ervine Foundation. This is a great opportunity, which could include international travel, for young people who have an idea that might benefit their community, to research and develop it further and then to begin implementing it.”
The deadline for applications is 15th May 2014. Information on how to apply can be obtained from the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland via http://www.communityfoundationni.org/Grants/David-Ervine-Foundation-Bursaries