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Press Release

Minister Katherine Zappone announces €300,000 in funding awards to community and voluntary sector organisations

Published: 20 September 2019
From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, is pleased to announce funding awards of over €300,000 to organisations that received funding under the 2018 Innovation Fund. These funds will support existing projects by enabling them to finalise their innovative projects that support children, young people and their families.

The Innovation Funding Measure was launched in 2018 to support prevention and early intervention innovations. These innovations build on existing data and evidence to improve outcomes for children and young people (0 – 24 years) who experience disadvantage in Ireland.

In awarding the funding Minister Zappone said:

"I am delighted to announce this funding to further support these projects which through the use of data, evidence and learning in prevention and early intervention approaches, will continue to contribute in making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people living in Ireland."

This funding measure is supported through Dormant Accounts Funding and was awarded to the following organisations: See here.


Notes to the Editor:

What Works is an initiative designed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to ensure those working with children, young people and their families build on the existing body of evidence demonstrating the impact of prevention and early intervention approaches, models and practices on outcomes for children.

What Works focuses on enhancing a number of key areas as they relate to the children’s and youth sectors:

  • information and knowledge
  • capacity
  • quality in prevention and early intervention policy, service and practice

The initiative seeks to secure a return on the investment and impact in the area of prevention and early intervention in Ireland over the past decade. It will do this through resourcing the above areas so that those working with and for children, young people and their families are supported in doing the right things, in the right way and at the right time.

Further information on the What Works initiative can be accessed by visiting whatworks.gov.ie.

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