The Department of Education in Northern Ireland has announced a new ‘Voluntary Youth Capital Scheme’ which will make capital grants available for the provision of facilities for the Youth Service.
Speaking about the scheme, Education Minister John O’Dowd said:
“The scheme I have launched today is a real opportunity for organisations across the North to seek assistance to help making improvements in the services they provide for our young people”.
The Minister gave examples of projects which might receive funding, including refurbishing premises, improving facilities for people with disabilities, bringing properties up to standard or meeting the needs of young people within Section 75 and those at greater risk of social exclusion or marginalisation.
Mr O’ Dowd said:
“This year’s scheme has been modified and includes a phased approach for applications, with less information required in the initial stages. I hope this revised process will encourage youth organisations, that work hard to support our local communities, to apply and benefit from this potential funding.”
The programme will be open to groups registered with the Education Authority and demonstrating the operation of a Youth Service Programme for at least nine hours per week for a minimum of 30 weeks per year.
Expression of Interest forms can be found on the Education Department’s website and the closing date for Expressions of Interest is Noon on Friday 13 May 1016.
Further details of the scheme and the application form will be published on Wednesday 1 June 2016.
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