Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (648)

Seán Kyne

Question:

648. Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs when a funding programme will be finalised and ready to accept applications from youth organisations such as youth cafes. [8986/13]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The Youth Affairs Unit of my Department 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 sector.

Funding of €53.173m has been provided to my Department for the provision of youth services in 2013. Within this total funding, €1.75m has been provided in a new capital funding programme for 2013. This will include €1.5m for youth cafés and youth projects and €250,000 for play and recreation initiatives in 2013. Criteria for the schemes are being developed at present and my Department will be announcing details regarding the application process for 2013 shortly.