YOUTH clubs in Mayo have been encouraged to apply for grants under a new €1.17 million fund announced by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone.
The 2017 Local Youth Club Grant Scheme will see €64,425 allocated to the Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board for local volunteer led youth groups.
The Education and Training Boards will now begin advertising and raising awareness of the scheme locally.
Youth groups and clubs across Co. Mayo will soon be able to apply to the Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board (ETB) for funding under this scheme.
Explaiend Taoiseach Enda Kenny “Youth groups and clubs are undoubtedly an important part of the fabric of communities here in Mayo and must be supported. 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. So I strongly encourage as many Mayo youth groups and clubs to apply for this funding to ensure that our local communities can benefit.
“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. In turn, I encourage local youth groups to keep an eye out on the Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board website (mayosligoleitrim.etb.ie) and get their applications ready.”