Local youth projects in Clondalkin and Lucan will receive over €45,000 funding from new Government capital grants, Emer Higgins, a Fine Gael Councillor, has said.
Cllr. Emer Higgins said: “New Government capital grants announced today are going to be of huge benefit to young people here in Clondalkin and Lucan, as they will improve the quality of the services on which local young people rely.
“Lucan Youth Service will benefit from over €10,000, while Ronanstown Youth Service will receive over €16,000. Clondalkin Youth Service and Youth Workers Ronanstown will each receive over €10,000 in grant funding ” said Cllr. Emer Higgins who is a Fine Gael General Election Candidate for the area.
The grants approved support purchases of equipment and small scale projects, including the upgrade of bathrooms and kitchens in youth services.
Eligible local services were invited by the Education and Training Board (ETB) to apply for support.
Higgins continued, “Investing in and supporting young people is a key priority for this Government. Thanks to our strengthened economy, the Government is able to improve supports to the communities who need it most. Much of the upgrade works to take place under these grants will be in areas of disadvantage.
“I’d like to thank the Youth Officers in our local ETB for their work in supporting local youth projects and I know that Minister Zappone has thanked them for their assistance to the Department of Children in the design and implementation of this scheme. They act as a contact point in their respective localities and play important support role to the providers of youth services here in Clondalkin and Lucan.”
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, said: “I am delighted to be in a position to announce these grants. I am confident the grants will assist in improving the quality of the services to the benefit of young people involved.
“The provision of these grants underscores the Government’s continued commitment to enhance the quality of services which add such value to our communities. Investing in young people is a key priority for Government. In 2018 we are investing a total of €61.5m in current and capital funding in clubs, services and supports for young people.”