Cork Education & Training Board through the office of Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone has announced funding of €1.1 million to volunteer led youth groups in Cork through the Equipment Grant Scheme for Voluntary youth clubs/groups.
The scheme is focusing on the provision of small scale equipment grants to local youth clubs/groups. Grants may cover equipment such as: Storage, IT equipment, electrical equipment, sporting equipment, arts and drama equipment etc. Please ensure that in any applications for equipment that would have additional health and safety requirements that this is included in the items applied for. Also please consider appropriate secure storage and if necessary include appropriate secure storage in the items applied for.
The Minister said “This equipment fund is being launched in recognition of the significant development work undertaken by these local youth groups in 2017. In line with my Department’s National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation and Decision Making I have asked that as part of the application process, each group should consult with its young members to ascertain their opinions on what equipment might be needed and how it will directly benefit them.”
The max grant available is €5,000. Please note for purchases between 3-5k 3 quotes are required. One quote is sufficient for items under €2,000. Further details on the Equipment Grant Scheme for Voluntary youth clubs/groups are available athttp://cork.etb.ie/youth-services/