Two different streams of administrative funding are provided to ETBs as part of their mid-level governance functions in relation to youth schemes.
Youth work function funding is provided to each Education and Training Board (ETB) to support the provision, co-ordination, administration and assessment of youth work services in its functional area and to provide information as may be required in relation to this support.
Technical assistance funding provides youth officers with financial support for the administration of youth funding to youth projects and youth services, and enables youth officers to focus their attention on the needs of young people within their ETB area.
Youth funding of €60.4 million was made available by my Department in 2019 to support a range of youth work programmes, national organisations, and services for young people including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Of this total, there was an allocation of €38.5m to targeted youth funding as referred to by the Deputy.
The youth work function funding and technical assistance funding provided to the 16 Education and Training Boards in 2019 was €3.68 million.
This represented an increase of 26% on the funding allocation of €2.917m in 2016.
The allocation of €3.68m for 2019 would be 9.6% if expressed as a percentage of the targeted youth funding allocation.
In addition to targeted youth funding, ETBs also administered other youth funding streams on behalf of my Department in 2019. These funding streams comprised the local youth club grant scheme for which funding of over €2m was administered to local clubs and groups, funding of €1.37m was administered to youth information centres and €100,000 funding was administered to youth services to support new LGBTI youth service provision.
The allocation of €3.68m for 2019 would be 8.8% if expressed as a percentage of the total current youth funding allocation administered by ETBs on behalf of the Department.
The youth funding allocations for 2020 for all organisations and services, including the youth work function funding and technical assistance funding allocations to Education and Training Boards, are currently being finalised within my Department.