The participants in the peace process recognised in the British-Irish Agreement the value of the work being done by organisations, such as the Glencree Centre for Reconciliation, to develop reconciliation and mutural understanding and respect between and within communities and traditions, in Northern Ireland and on the island.
The Department's Peace and Reconciliation Fund was established in 1982 to assist organisations involved in reconciliation work and in developing a better understanding between people in both parts of Ireland and between Ireland and Britain. Since its establishment, it has funded a variety of organisations which are working in the field of reconciliation, primarily between North and South.
The Glencree Centre for Reconciliation has consistently been one of the largest beneficiaries from the fund, in the years 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998 the allocations to Glencree were £95,000, £50,000 and £60,000, respectively. The £95,000 awarded by the Department in 1995 was a once-off capital grant to help with its building programme.