The Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Alan Kelly, has welcomed the announcement by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs of an allocation of capital grants to three youth groups in Tipperary.
Tipperary SPY (Special Project for Youth) has been allocated funding for upgrade of IT equipment, upgrade soft equipment for youth premises, purchase of equipment to support programme development; Tipperary Youth Information Project has been allocated funding for upgrade of IT equipment and install integrated communications network for youth information centres, purchase of software updates, purchase of equipment to support programme development and Foroige Nenagh Youth Development Project has been grant aided to upgrade and replace office equipment and furniture, IT and media equipment, games consoles and outdoor signage.
The Tipperary projects are part of 50 youth projects and organisations throughout the country that have been allocated capital grants for small to medium scale equipment and upgrade projects.
Minister Kelly said: “This is very welcome news for all groups, there are large number of volunteers giving up their spare time working with these youth groups, and I have no doubt that these grants will make a difference to all involved. The capital funding scheme for small to medium capital grants is open to applications from Department of Children and Youth Affairs funded projects under the Special Projects for Youth Scheme (SPY), Youth Information Centres (YICs), Young People’s Facilities and Services Fund (YPFSF) and Local Drugs Task Force (LDTF) (21 mainstreamed projects). As a once-off exceptional measure the scheme is also open to a number of national youth organisations.”
The grant scheme remains open for applications in early 2015 for capital projects related to health and safety improvements to premises (e.g., improved access for young people with disabilities; fire doors) and/or upgrade or refurbishment of premises (e.g. window replacements; heating upgrades).
Full details of the scheme and contact addresses for Education and Training Boards are available on the Department of Children and Youth Affairs website at www.dcya.gov.ie