Volunteer groups urged to apply for €4m funding

VOLUNTEER-led youth groups are encouraged to apply for a €4 million capital fund being established by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

On Monday, Minister Zappone confirmed a fund which will be made available to over 1,500 eligible clubs nationwide.

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Minister Katherine Zappone said: “Reversing the cuts of recent years for youth services is a priority for me and this year we took a big step forward with current funding increasing by 10 per cent to €57 million.

“However more must be done. I can confirm that money is now being made available to community-based youth clubs with the establishment of a €4m capital fund.

The Minister encourages clubs to examine which sports, arts, adventure or other equipment they need the most and be ready to apply when the application process opens in late September.

She continued: “These volunteer-led youth clubs translate our policies into reality on the ground. They are in the frontline providing young people with indoor and outdoor activities to prevent them falling into trouble.”

She added: “The value of this work must never be under-estimated. It turns our policies to tackle anti-social behaviour, underage drinking and drug abuse as well as anti-obesity plans into reality. It is worthy of Government support.”

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