Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’ Gorman, T.D., today approved €2.2 million in capital grants to support national youth organisations, and local youth services and clubs across the country.
Today’s announcement will see 470 grants provided to services and youth clubs across 14 Education and Training Board areas and 24 National Youth Organisations, including NYCI, Foróige, Crosscare, YWI, and Gaisce.
The capital grants awarded today are supporting services and clubs with upgrade works, the purchase of new equipment, ICT for online service provision, improvements to ventilation, and adaptations to outdoor spaces to facilitate youth services to run outdoor activities. Some 24 National Youth Organisations are benefiting from over €500,000 in capital grants to support their work across the country in the area of ICT, minor works and equipment.
The Minister commented:
“I am delighted to have approved capital funding of over €2.2 million to support online, in-person and outdoor activities in youth services and clubs. Youth services play a vital role in our communities, providing support and guidance to young people, and empowering them to reach their full potential. They have been at the forefront at reaching out to help young people throughout this pandemic, helping to alleviate social isolation, by offering them a space in person or online, to meet with their peers, and process the challenges of Covid-19.
"I know youth clubs and services are working hard to improve the well-being of young people, and by providing opportunities for personal development, they are helping young people to achieve better social outcomes and gain a greater understanding of the world around them. I have no doubt this funding will support services to provide real benefits to young people’s lives as they navigate the ongoing challenges brought by Covid-19.”
Notes to the Editor:
1. Capital Grants for Staff Led Youth Services and Volunteer run Youth Clubs
Grants have been approved in fourteen Education and Training Board functional areas.
ETBs are co-grantors for grant applications for under €5,000. The Department, with Ministerial approval, is the grantor for all applications over €5,000.
Grant application processes are ongoing in two ETB areas and it is expected that submissions will be received in due course.
To date, 391 grants for under €5,000 have been formally notified to the Department.
Announcement includes approval by the Minister for 79 applications, for amounts over €5,000 up to a maximum of €30,000.
The following outlines the distribution to date of allocations approved by ETB area.
Table 1: Education and Training Boards applications approved based on original capital allocation
Education and Training Board
Grant allocations to ETB agreed by Minister (Grants <€5,000)
Grants over €5,000 approved by Minister
Capital funding allocation to ETB
City of Dublin
Dublin Dun Laoghaire
Mayo Sligo Leitrim
2. Capital Grants for National Youth Organisations
In addition to grants to local youth services and clubs, the following amounts have been awarded to National Youth Organisations, and this capital grant scheme is now closed.
Table 2: Capital grants approved by Minister Gorman to the National Youth Organisations