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Funding of 1.1m announced for small local youth clubs

"10% is recognition of the tremendous work being done in communities"

Statement by Minister Katherine Zappone

Tuesday 18th April 2017

A €1.17m fund has been announced for small local youth clubs by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.
The funding represents a 10% increase on last year and is aimed at small volunteer led organisations.
Minister Zappone says up to 1,600 groups with over 90,000 members will be open to apply.
Making the announcement the Minister added:
“Youth volunteers are transforming young lives through arts, sport and culture events. This funding is recognition of the passion, skill and talent which is being unleashed in communities every day.
Small youth clubs are the frontline of this work. Their efforts are making a huge difference.
The Local Youth Club Grant Scheme is one small way the Government can offer its support.
This year we are in a position to reverse the cutbacks of the past with a 10% increase in funding. This is in line with increases I am implementing across the sector after successful negotiation €57m in the budget.
Clubs can apply for support through their local Education and Training Boards (ETC). Each board will now begin advertising and raising awareness of the scheme locally.
Each year about 600 groups make successful applications. It is important to note that this year the scheme is open to new clubs and applicants which have not benefitted in the past.
Investing in youth work is more than providing our young people with something to do. It is investing in the future of local areas, communities and our country.
Youth clubs are providing an alternative to a culture of drugs, crime and even violence which has impacted on the lives of many young people.
As Minister I have had the privilege to see at first hand the work which is being carried out and in the coming weeks I look forward to making further announcements to turn the funding we have secured into action.”

The Local Youth Club Grant Scheme supports youth work activities at a local level.  These grants are made available to all youth clubs and groups through the local Education and Training Boards (ETBs).  The scheme is open to some 1,600 youth groups and clubs, with an estimated 90,000 club members around the country. 
The scheme, which is open to new entrants, will be advertised locally and applications for funding are invited by the ETBs from local groups in their respective areas.  Each year, some 600 local youth clubs benefit from the scheme. Each ETB will be advertising the scheme on their website over the coming months
From 2017, the Department has incorporated the National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups into the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme. This revised format has been developed in consultation with all relevant stakeholders.
Minister Zappone expressed confidence that the additional monies being allocated along with the revised format of the scheme would positively impact on the lives of young people. She said “the incorporation of the Standards into the Scheme will lead to clubs providing safer and more young-person centred services. The additional funding will mean a greater volume of volunteer-led youth activities over the next year, which is a priority for my Department”.

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