Youth groups and services in Galway have been awarded €61,000 in funding from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
The funding announced this week will be used by staff led youth groups and projects for the purchase of equipment to support the running of the service or organisation.
They also provide for small-scale refurbishment grants to improve the health and safety of premises or the upgrade or refurbishment of premises in youth services and youth organisations.
Galway East TD Seán Canney welcomed the announcement saying that the money would “help improve the delivery of quality youth services in the county.”
The grants are spread among nine groups supporting young people in Galway.
- CAPE Project (YWIG) €5,000 €61,000
- East Galway Youth Service (YWIG) €5,000
- Forum Adolescent Support Prog €10,000
- Involve Youth Service Ballinasloe €15,000
- Involve Youth Service Loughrea €8,000
- Western Traveller €5,000
- No. 4 Youth Service €5,000
- Westside Youth Project (YWIG) €8,000
In total, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone announced €1.7 million in funding for 116 targeted staff-led youth projects/services and 20 national youth organisations across the country.
Eligible local youth services were invited by their Education and Training Board (ETB) to apply for support and the national youth organisations applied directly for funding to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
Minister Zappone said “As in previous years I am confident these grants will assist in improving the quality of the services to the benefit of young people involved.”
“The national youth organisations provide exceptional engagement for the children and young people who are members nationwide.”
“The provision of these grants underpins my continued commitment to enhance the quality of youth services which add such value to our communities. Investing in young people is a key priority for Government.”
The minister said that the government would be investing a total of €63.6 million in clubs, services, and supports for young people this year.