€2m for youth projects across the country

Katherine Zappone: Grants will improve quality of services.

More than 80 youth projects across the country will receive almost €2m in grants.

The small capital projects grants announced yesterday will go toward funding youth cafes, IT and sports equipment, upgrades and refurbishments, and even the purchase of a mini bus.

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has provided 94 grants to 86 youth projects which are split into two categories.

The first category provides finding for the up-grade or replacement of equipment or the purchase of essential equipment to support the running of the organisation. Under this €16,889 has been provided to Foróige to buy kayaking equipment, while Waterford Youth Arts has been allocated €5,428 for an editing suite, camera and software. A total of €3,880 has been provided to Meitheal Mara in Cork to purchase a boat trailer to transport boats from their project base in the city back up to the main loading and docking areas.

Funds are also allocated for health and safety improvements, of refurbishment to premises

Involve Youth Services in Ballina, Co Mayo, has been given €20,050 to install a disabled bathroom and refurbish a kitchen under this second category and Craobh Rua in Dundalk, Co Louth will get €50,000 to refurbish its youth facility.

Ms Zappone said the grants will assist in improving the quality of the services to the benefit of young people involved. “Youth officers play an essential role in the co-ordination of youth service provision to my department. They act as a contact point in their respective localities and play important support role to the providers of youth services,” she said.

Five Cork projects have received money under the grant scheme, including the Matt Talbot Adolescent Centre Trabeg which will get €6,371 for a garden redesign project and the YMCA on Marlboro St has been allocated €5,496 to upgrade its youth café space.

Naas Youth Project and Kildare Youth Information Centre received that largest amount and has been provided €70,000 to purchase IT equipment and upgrade heating, windows, and insulation.


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