Local youth clubs can apply for funding

Sam Matthews

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Sam Matthews

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sam.matthews@kilkennypeople.ie

Local youth clubs in Kilkenny should apply for grants now under a new €1.17 million fund announced by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone.
This year’s Local Youth Club Grant Scheme will see €46,631 allocated to the Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board (KCETB) for local volunteer led youth groups.
Youth groups and clubs across both counties will soon be able to apply to the KCETB for funding under this scheme.
Local TD John Paul Phelan has welcomed the allocation, saying that youth clubs are part of the fabric of communities Kilkenny and must be supported.
“Amazing work is being done by lead groups, including those in and around Kilkenny city and elsewhere such as Graignamanagh,” he said.
“Thanks to our recovering economy, the Government was able to increase this year’s funding for youth clubs by 10%. Fine Gael is determined to ensure that we target the benefits of our economic recovery at those who need it most.
“When we support youth groups, the whole community can benefit. The aim is to enhance the lives of our young people by developing their skills and talents and harnessing their energy in a positive way. This of course also benefits the wider communities in which these young people live.”
The scheme is open to approximately 1,600 youth groups and clubs, with an estimated 90,000 club members around the country.
“I strongly encourage Kilkenny groups and clubs to apply for this funding to ensure that our local communities can benefit,” said Deputy Phelan.
“This year the scheme is open to new clubs and applicants which have not benefitted in the past. So this could be a great opportunity for a new group to grow and expand. I encourage clubs and groups to apply, no matter how new or small they are.”
Each ETB will be advertising the scheme locally and on their website in the coming months.