New funding will improve services for LGBTI+ people in Galway, says Minister

Galway Pride 2020

One LGBTI+ organisation in Galway will receive funding of €4,800, it has been announced.

The funding, which will go to Amach! LGBT Galway, comes under the grant scheme for LGBTI+ Capacity Building initiatives for professional service providers who deal with young people.

East Galway TD Ciaran Cannon said that this funding will make an important contribution towards improving the quality of services for LGBTI+ young people in Galway.

Minister Cannon said: “Capacity building is described as a key action under Goal 1 of the Government’s LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy, which is to ‘Create a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for LGBTI+ young people.

“The objectives and actions associated with this goal will work towards the continued improvement of safe, supportive and inclusive spaces for LGBTI+ young people, and this new funding will go a long way towards achieving that goal.

“The Galway youth projects and services set to receive funding can use it for capacity building measures such as evidence-based LGBTI+ training, mentoring, coaching, CPD initiatives and guidelines targeted at professional service providers and youth services.

Minister Katherine Zappone added: “I am very proud that we are following up the launch of the world’s first LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy in June of this year with real action that will make a positive difference to the everyday lives of LGBTI+ young people through improving the quality of the services they have access to on the ground.”