€43,470 in National Lottery Grants awarded in Counties Longford and Westmeath – McFadden

“Young people in Longford and Westmeath are set to benefit from €43,470 in National Lottery Grants which have been awarded to a number of groups and organisations” says Fine Gael TD Gabrielle McFadden for Longford/Westmeath after the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly announced the allocation of National Lottery funding for 2014.

“The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has a National Lottery Discretionary fund which provides once-off grants to community groups and voluntary organisations involved in providing services for children and young people.

“The funding announced today is part of a national programme which will see €910,000 allocated towards providing services for young people. This year the scheme is particularly targeting small scale projects and it focuses on activities that involve culture and play, young people led initiatives, healthy lifestyle and those that provide access for marginal groups to extra circular activities.

“In Longford, a total of €26,150 was allocated to the following organisations:

• Foróige Attic Youth Café, Longford – €15,000 for Equipment for music practice room & recording studio
• Lus na Gréine Family Resource Centre Granard – €3,500 for workshops in meal planning for young people
• Bridgeways Family Resource Centre – €1,900 for Dean Egan Library, Ballymahon; dinners for children at homework club
• Lenamore Foróige Club Killeen, Legan – €750 for Fitness equipment
• Longford Youth Service – €5,000 for programmes
“In Westmeath, a total of €17,320 was allocated to the following organisations:
• Monsignor McCarthy Family Resource Centre, Battery Heights, Athlone – €5,000 for library
• Midlands Regional Youth Service, Athlone – €4,000 for equipment to set up teen gym
• Mullingar EYE Youth Justice Project, Columb Barracks, Mullinga – €4,000 for a Youth health info app
• Involve Youth Services, Monksland, Athlone – €320 for Cyber bullying & social media safety course Westmeath
• Helium Arts Keoltown, Mullingar – €4,000 for a Play therapy project for babies/toddlers with disability

“The National Lottery Grants provide vital funding to extremely worthwhile groups and organisations that do very good work in in both counties. I would like to congratulate those who were successful in securing funding and encourage other organisations to consider applying for this once off grant in 2015.”