Grants announced for events and activities for young people

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CAPE Youth Project members working

€60,000 in funding has been announced by Léargas to support events and activities for young people across Ireland.

The Micro Grant Scheme will support opportunities for Galway young people at a local, national and European level, offering grants of between €500 and €5,000 for events and activities.

Hosted by Léargas initiatives Eurodesk and Youth Wiki, the funding was announced at a ‘Connect with Europe’ event held at the Alex Hotel, attended by Minister Roderic O’Gorman and Maria Walsh MEP.

The grants are available to youth organisations, schools, clubs and community groups, as well as informal groups of young people, from Galway.

It is intended that the money will help support events and activities for young people, such as conferences, workshops, information sessions or consultations, art exhibitions or photography competitions, mini festivals or musical events.

Speaking at the launch of the Scheme, Executive Director of Léargas, Lorraine Gilligan, said that after two years of lockdowns, they are delighted to welcome the European Year of Youth, “to celebrate young people, create new opportunities for them and to shine a light on the brilliant work happening right across the country.”

“At our event we’ve been hearing about the transformative opportunities which Eurodesk and Youth Wiki have helped young people from every background to access, and this new Micro Grant Scheme will make so many more of those opportunities possible,” she said.

“We’ll be announcing details of two national events to celebrate European Year of Youth in the coming months, and we look forward to working with organisations and groups from Galway and across the country to bring the celebrations into every community we can.”

There will be six application deadlines over the course of the year with the first on Friday, 15 April.

Applications are accepted online at https://insights.leargas.ie/european-year-of-youth-micro-grants-application-form-2022.

Further details of opportunities available as part of the European Year of Youth can be found at: www.leargas.ie/european-year-youth-2022/.