Funding in the region of €1 million is available in 2013 from my Department for fit-out, refurbishment works or building enhancement projects for the startup of new Youth Cafés. One of the core functions of a youth café is that it offers support to young people, ranging from practical support to advice through their participation in activities that are of interest to them and that are varied and on offer at times that suit their normal activities. The criteria for the Youth Café scheme places a clear focus on both long term sustainability and service planning. Pobal is assisting my Department in managing the Youth Café Programme 2013.
In all, 95 applications have been received for the scheme. The initial evaluation has been completed and the appraisal process is underway in my Department and nearing completion. It is expected that applicants will be notified of the outcome in the coming weeks.