Thursday, 5 December 2019

Questions (330)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

330. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs when the 2020 funding allocations for youth organisations under the youth service grant scheme will be made and communicated to beneficiaries; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50719/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The Youth Service Grant Scheme (YSGS) provides funding, on an annual basis, to 30 national and major regional voluntary organisations to support the provision of youth services nationwide. The continued funding of voluntary youth organisations through the Scheme is intended to ensure the emergence, promotion, growth and development of youth organisations with distinctive philosophies and programmes aimed at the social education of young people.

The funding allocations for 2020 to all organisations, including YSGS funded organisations, are currently being finalised within my Department.

My Department is currently processing the funding renewal applications received on behalf of the national youth organisations. Every effort will be made to complete this process as soon as possible and all youth organisations in receipt of funding for 2020 will receive notification of their funding allocation at the earliest possible date. An update to this effect was provided to representatives from the youth organisations involved in the Youth Services Grant Scheme at recent meeting on 2nd December.