I was pleased to approve the establishment the Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme in 2017. The primary focus of this scheme was to assist volunteer led clubs and groups that work with young people in communities throughout the country. The scheme allowed for the purchase of equipment for sport, arts, adventure and other much needed items. Some €6.35m was made available nationally.
I can advise the Deputy that Budget 2018 provided €2.6m in capital youth funding to my Department.
Officials within my Department are working with the sixteen Education and Training Boards on the design and delivery of the 2018 capital scheme. Details of the scheme and the associated application process will be advertised in the coming months.