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DCYA Funding Opportunities 

 

National Lottery Grant Scheme 2014

 

Amount of fund


The Department of Children and Youth Affairs entire 2014 allocation is €910,000.

671 applications were received in 2013 totalling requests for funding in excess of €7.1m.  Of these 128 were approved with an average grant amount of €3,900 per project.

Who can apply?

The scope of the scheme is for the provision of services to children and young people. Grants are generally awarded for once-off projects across a wide variety of areas such as the provision of equipment for youth clubs, youth cafes, scouts, summer camps, day trips for youth clubs/summer camps, play equipment for playschools/crèches and other once- off programs. In addition for 2014 the Department will also consider projects that focus on Children’s and Youth Health issues.

During 2014, priority will be given to projects and activities that involve:

•    Culture, play and recreation.
•    Children and young people led initiatives.
•    Healthy Lifestyles for Children and Young people including innovative new projects aimed at emerging issues for children such as smoking, obesity, alcohol consumption, cyber bullying etc.
•    To provide marginalised groups with access to extra-curricular activity based projects.

The DCYA National Lottery Scheme has a limited funding allocation and as such is being targeted in 2014 at projects which would not ordinarily be eligible under the other programmes operated by DCYA / DCYA agencies or other Government Departments.  In such instances applicants are directed to the following programmes:


-    DCYA Childcare Programmes for Capital Grant Funding
-    DCYA Youth Organisations and Services Capital and Current Grant Funding
-    Department of Health National Lottery Funding
-    Department of Transport Tourism and Sport National Lottery Sports Capital Funding


The above list is not exhaustive and potential applicants should satisfy themselves that an alternative appropriate source of funding is not available prior to submitting their completed funding request.


N.B. Funding is not available for ongoing running / staffing costs.

 

Application Process

Application for National Lottery funding must be made using a standard application form (available below).
MS Word Version / MS Word Gaeilge

Alternatively, you can contact Finance Unit, Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Ground Floor, 43-49 Mespil Road, Dublin 4.
Tel: (01) 6473112 or 6473115 E-mail: dcyalotterygrants@dcya.gov.ie

The closing date for the receipt of completed applications to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs clearly marked “National Lottery Grants” are to arrive no later than 12:30pm on Friday, 6th June, 2014. 


Further details 

Full details are available here

A list of organisations funded during 2014

Youth Capital Funding Scheme 2014/2015

The Government has allocated funding to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs for a Capital Funding Scheme. Under the scheme staff led youth projects and some youth organisations funded by the Department may apply for grants to undertake small to medium capital projects in 2014 and 2015.

The is open to applications from Department of Children and Youth Affairs funded projects under the Special Projects for Youth Scheme (SPY), Youth Information Centres (YICs), Young People’s Facilities and Services Fund (YPFSF) and Local Drugs Task Force (LDTF) (21 mainstreamed projects). As a once-off exceptional measure the scheme is also open to a number of national youth organisations.

Further details can be found on the Youth Capital Funding Scheme 2014/2015 page of the Departments website.

 

DCYA Research Scholarship Programme

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) Growing Up in Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship in partnership with the Irish Research Council

The Research and Evaluation Unit of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, in partnership with the Irish Research Council, invites applications for the DCYA Growing Up in Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship. This scholarship is administered by the Irish Research Council as part of the Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme under their strategic partner themes.

Further information.

 

Childcare Capital Programme 2013

The Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) wishes to maintain progress in improving and reinforcing quality of early childhood care and education services provided to children. A range of capital investment programmes have supported this progress to date including the Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme; the National Childcare Investment Programme and the Childcare Capital Programme 2012. DCYA has secured €2,750,000 for a Childcare Capital Programme 2013.

Objectives of Childcare Capital Programme 2013:


The 2013 funding scheme covers four strands:


The scheme will be administered by Pobal on behalf of the DCYA and the scheme will be administered online.  Full details of the Programme and instructions are available on the Pobal website.
 
The applciation process is now closed (as of Tuesday 30th April 2013).

 

Youth Café Capital Funding Programme 2013

Funding of up to €1 million is available from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs for fit-out, refurbishment works or building enhancement projects for the startup of new Youth Cafés. One of the core functions of a youth café is that it offers support to young people, ranging from practical support to advice through their participation in activities that are of interest to them and that are varied and on offer at times that suit their normal activities. In awarding funding, the Department will endeavour to ensure that there is a geographical spread of youth cafés from the funding commensurate to existing provision in the area.

“Youth Cafés in Ireland: A Best Practice Guide” which was launched in April 2010 by the Office for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. The document contextualises the youth café model in Ireland and is an important towards informing your application. Applicants should also read the toolkit devised on behalf of the DCYA in relation to setting up a youth café.

Pobal is assisting the Department of Children & Youth Affairs in managing the Youth Café Programme 2013.

The Application Guidelines aims to explain the purpose and process of the Youth Café Programme 2013 and to assist applicants in making a valid application under the programme. 

The application process is now closed (as of 12th April 2013).

More information on Pobal website

 

Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme

The programme supports disadvantaged parents and provides support for parents in low paid employment and training or education by enabling qualifying parents to avail of reduced childcare costs at participating services


Who can apply?

Programme is restricted to Community/Not-for-profit childcare Services

Application process

Service are eligible to apply through the City/County Childcare Committees initially and approvals are granted by Pobal and Department of Children and Youth Affairs however no new applications are being accepted at this time.

 

Further Details 
Further details can be found here.

 

Childcare Education and Training (CETS) programme


The programme supports parents on certain eligible FÁS and VEC courses by providing subsidised childcare places.

Who can apply?

Both Private and Community Based/not for profit childcare services

Application process

Service are eligible to apply through the City/County Childcare Committees initially and approvals are granted by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

The deadline for applications for entry or re-entry to the CETS Programme for the academic year will normally be 30th March of that year.

Further Details 
Further details can be found here.


Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme


The ECCE programme is designed to give children access to a free pre-school year of appropriate programme-based activities in the year before they start primary school.

Who can apply?
The programme is available to both private and community based / not for profit pre-school services.

Application process?
Services are eligible to apply through the City/County Childcare Committees around February / March of each year in advance of the September pre-school year.

Application process
The deadline for applications for entry or re-entry to the ECCE Programme for the academic year will normally be 30th March, prior to the commencement of the pre-school year. No new service applications are accepted at this time.

Further Details 
Further details can be found here.

 

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