Minister English welcomes €2m Youth Capital Funding Scheme 2018

Thursday, 26th April 2018

Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal, and Meath West Fine Gael T.D.
Damien English, has welcomed the recent announcement by his
Ministerial colleague Dr. Katherine Zappone of a €2m capital grant
scheme for targeted staff-led youth projects and services across the
country to fund small capital projects.

The Scheme is to support purchase of equipment and to fund small scale
projects including the upgrade of bathrooms and kitchens in youth
services.

Minister English stated: “I am delighted to welcome the launch of this
Scheme. As in previous years, I am confident the grants will assist in
improving the quality of the services to the benefit of young people
involved. In particular, they will improve the physical facilities,
many of which are in areas of disadvantage.”

Eligible local services will be invited by their Education and
Training Board (ETB) to apply for support.

Minister English continued: “The provision of €2m in grants
underscores the Government’s continued commitment to enhance the
quality of services which add such value to our communities. Investing
in Young People is a key priority for Government. This latest
announcement follows the €1.79m in current funding announced for
volunteer led youth clubs earlier this month whih will also be
administered by local ETBs.”

“In 2018 Fine Gael in Government, in partnership with the
Independents, will invest a total of €61.5m in current and capital
funding in clubs, services and supports for young people” stated
Minister English.

It is expected that the scheme will be open for applications by the
end of April 2018. Details will be on the Department of Children’s
website.

The Capital funding scheme is open to applications from Department of
Children and Youth Affairs funded projects under the Special Projects
for Youth Scheme, Youth Information Centres, Young People’s Facilities
and Services Fund and Local Drugs Task Force.

ENDS

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