Youth clubs in East Galway are set to benefit from €128,497 in funding this year, and groups in the region are being urged to apply for funding.
This new funding sees an increase of 12% for the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme for 2019.
The funding will bring the overall allocation for Galway/ Roscommon to €128,497 and will provide small volunteer-led youth clubs with greater capacity to reach more young people in the county during 2019.
The Local Youth Club Grant Scheme supports youth work activities at a local level by providing grant aid towards the cost of running clubs and groups and is part funded by the proceeds from the National Lottery.
Minister Cannon, who confirmed the increased funding, said: “The primary focus of the scheme is to assist volunteer led youth clubs that provide a programme of youth work activities for young people.
“Clubs that work with young people but are not specifically providing youth work may also be eligible to apply under the scheme.”
Minister Cannon continued: “The scheme, which is open to new entrants, will be advertised locally and applications for funding will be invited by our Education and Training Board from local groups in their respective areas.
“Our ETB will be advertising the scheme on its website over the coming months.
“The impact of small clubs working on the ground here in East Galway is huge and is deserving of Government support.
“Through their efforts young people are developing their talents, skills and experiences which will make them leaders of the future.
“This additional funding will mean a greater volume of volunteer-led youth activities over the next year. I encourage every volunteer club or group to check locally for application details and see how it can benefit their work.”