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For Oral Answer on : 03/02/2022
Question Number(s): 184 Question Reference(s): 5285/22
Department: Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.


* To ask the Minister for Children; Equality; Disability; Integration and Youth the breakdown by scheme of the funding provided by his Department in 2021 to support youth organisations and services; the broad outcomes this funding has supported; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– David Stanton T.D.

For ORAL answer on Thursday, 3 February, 2022.


Total 2021 Funding Provided Nationally

SchemeAmount €
Local Youth Club Grant Scheme (LYCGS)€2,088,535.70
ETB Youth Grant€4,577,680.38
Targeted Youth Funding Scheme (TYFS)€275,264.00
Youth Information Centres (YIC)€3,804,476.50
LGBTI+ Initiatives€100,000.00
Capital – Staff-led Capital Funding€1,808,333.15
Current – Covid 19 Minor Grants€1,170,403.31
UBU – Your Place Your Space – Cycle 1 (UBU1)€39,770,723.55
Capital – Youth Reforms€78,985.00
General Grant€524,379.00
 Youth Service Grant Scheme (YSGS)                           €12,261,540.00
SchemeAmount €
Youth Service Grant Scheme (YSGS) Total€12,261,540.00

The level of funding supports the delivery of a range of youth work programmes and services for all young people, including those from disadvantaged communities, by the voluntary youth work sector. The funding supported the delivery of the following schemes :.  

  • Youth Information Centres provide young people with access to information on rights, opportunities, benefits, health, welfare and other matters.
  • The Local Youth Club Grant Scheme supports volunteer-led youth work activities at a local level.
  • The Education and Training Board Youth Grant provides funding to ETBs to support their work and engagement with young people

The majority of youth funding provided nationally is through the UBU Your Place Your Space scheme, a single youth funding scheme that targets disadvantaged young people with evidence informed interventions and services that will secure good outcomes.

UBU serves to improve the seven personal and social developmental outcomes. These are:

1. Emotional Intelligence
2. Communication Skills
3. Confidence
4. Planning and Problem Solving
5. Creativity and Imagination
6. Relationships, and
7. Resilience and Determination

There is strong evidence showing that approaches that focus on building social and emotional capabilities such as these can have greater long-term impact than ones that focus on directly seeking to reduce the “symptoms” of poor outcomes for young people. When applying for funding under UBU, youth services must detail which outcome their proposed activities is seeking to develop. UBU has just completed its first year and officials in my Department are focussed on improving mechanisms for evaluating the impact of these interventions.