Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly TD, that more than €14,000 has been allocated to Westmeath for youth projects.
“In Westmeath, €13,227.39 has been allocated to Foroige for the purchase of IT, multi-media and musical equipment. This will enable further development of the service to meet the expressed needs of young people attending the project.
“€1,000 has also been allocated to the Midlands Regional Youth Service for development and purchase of gym equipment as part of the community based youth project. The money will also go towards the purchase of IT and training equipment for further training and development of volunteers.
“The aim of this capital funding scheme is to provide much needed assistance to youth projects to improve the facilities and equipment available for their work with young people in the communities. More than €400,000 has been allocated across the country to local projects and €75,000 has gone towards national organisations.
“Youth services do vital work in some of the more disadvantaged communities in our society and I am confident that this money will make a significant difference in improving the quality of service provided.
“The majority of youth projects, including many in Westmeath rely heavily on the work and dedication of volunteers to keep them going. These organisations are also heavily dependent on fundraising so I know that this grant will be welcomed by everyone involved.
“The Capital funding scheme for small to medium capital grants is open to applications from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. The grant scheme remains open for applications in early 2015 for capital projects related to health and safety improvements to premises. I would encourage youth groups working in the sector who need to make improvements or upgrade buildings to consider applying for this funding.”