Members of the Callan Youth Group at Lip Sync training
Over 20 youth clubs and initiatives right across Kilkenny city and county have been granted €80,000.
The major spend was announced by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone and welcomed by Junior Minister, John Paul Phelan.
The Scheme was developed to support the work of volunteers, to enhance the experience of members, and to provide vital equipment to local youth clubs and groups.
Minister Phelan said:“This pre-Christmas funding will be a great benefit to youth clubs and youth projects here in Kilkenny over the coming year.
“The Scheme was administered through the Carlow and Kilkenny Education and Training Board.
“The grants will assist clubs in the purchase of camping, gaming, sports and audio visual equipment. Other clubs, for example, have used the grant to purchase musical equipment which would otherwise unavailable to them.
“The diverse range of the grants awarded is reflective of the clubs which applied and the young people who partake in their activities.
“I want to give a big thank you to everyone involved with these very important projects locally. The volunteering you do is of enormous benefit to the entire community.”
Minister Zappone said: “What made this scheme unique was that clubs were asked to consult with the young people themselves to ascertain their opinions on what equipment should be applied for.
“It was a key feature of the scheme that any equipment applied for must directly benefit the members of the youth club or group.”
The following are among the Kilkenny clubs to have received funding this year:
· Thomastown Scouts €5,000
· Fortgrange Scouts (Danesfort/Cuffesgrange) €4,994
· Bennettsbridge Scouts €4,622
· Kells Scouts €2,848
· Inistioge €3,447
· Ballyraggett €4114
· Kilkenny Scout Group €4,750
· Castlecomer Youth Café €4,359
· Callan Foroige Youth Club €4,567
· Paulstown €2,757
· Inistioge €2,190
· Cuffesgrange €4,523
· Piltown €3,411
· Ballycallan €2,418
· Johnswell Juvenile Youth Group €5,000
· Johnswell Senior Youth Group €2,175
· Mill Youth Project €2,065
· Windgap €4,548
· Kilkenny Girl Guides €3,090
· Kilkenny No Name Club €3,451
· Thomastown No Name Club €2,938
· Girls Friendly Society Kilkenny €3,402