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Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Justice & Equality, David Stanton has welcomed the announcement of €1.17 million in funding for volunteer led youth organisations. This funding will be made available to Education and Training Boards (ETBs) by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD.

“This year’s Local Youth Club Grant Scheme will see €150,694 located to the Cork Education and Training Board (Cork ETB). Local volunteer led youth groups will need to apply to Cork ETB for funding.

“Youth clubs provide a vital community service and should be supported. 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 also benefits the wider community.

“Thanks to our recovering economy, the Government was able to increase this year’s funding for youth clubs by 10%. The scheme is open to approximately 1,600 youth groups and clubs, with an estimated 90,000 club members around the country. It is also open to new applicants and is a great opportunity for a new group to grow and expand and I would encourage any local volunteer led youth groups and clubs to apply for this funding to ensure that our local communities can benefit.

“Each ETB will be advertising the scheme locally and on their website in the coming months so I would encourage all local youth groups to keep an eye out so they are prepared when the fund is open for applications”, concluded Minister Stanton.