Local Youth Club Grant Scheme

Important Notice:

Due to challenges surrounding COVID-19, a decision has been made to extend the closing deadline for LYCGS 2020 applications TO Friday 26th June 2020 AT 5PM.

Local Youth Club Grant Scheme

The Local Youth Club Grant Scheme (LYCGS) supports volunteer-led youth club/group activities at a local level. Funding for the Scheme is provided by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and is administered locally by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) on behalf of DCYA.

The Scheme supports voluntary youth club/group activities for young people; with priority given to clubs/groups catering for young people aged 10–21. The primary focus of the Scheme is to assist local, volunteer-led youth clubs/groups that provide a programme of youth work activities for young people. In addition, other clubs/groups that work with young people, but are not specifically providing youth work, are also entitled to apply for funding under the Scheme.

To support the work of volunteers, and to ensure that quality standards are adhered to in their work with young people, DCYA has incorporated the National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups (NQSVLYG) into the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme. This Application Form encompasses both elements.

Local Youth Club Grant Scheme 2020

LOETB are now welcoming applications under the 2020 Youth Club Grant Scheme.

The maximum grant available is €3,000. Closing date is 5pm on Friday 29th May 2020. Please note that sports clubs/groups are not eligible to receive funding under the terms of this scheme.

*Important Notice: Closing date has now been extended to 5pm, Friday 26th June 2020.

Please click on the links below to download the forms:

2020 Application Form

2020 Foirm Iarratais

2020 Guidelines

Eligibility for the Scheme

  • To be eligible for funding from the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme, the club/group must satisfy the following criteria:
  • It must be volunteer led and it must be based on the voluntary participation of young people.
  • 75% of the club/group members must be between the ages of 10 and 21.
  • It must be able to clearly outline the benefits of club/group membership for young people who participate in its programmes.
  • The club/group must adhere to the requirements set out in Section 2 of the Application Form.
  • The club/group must be fully compliant with all requirements set out in the Children First Act (2015).
  • All adult volunteers working with young people must be Garda vetted before they start volunteering.
  • Appropriate insurance cover must be in place.
  • Volunteers must have access to a first aid kit and must be able to use it correctly.
  • The club/group must have a Health and Safety Statement, Policy or Procedures. (Note: this applies to clubs/groups that own premises. Clubs/groups that do not own premises must confirm that they have seen and operate to the building’s Health and Safety Policy.)
  • Information on all aspects of the three Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups that have been met by your club/group must be included in your Application Form response.
  • Clubs that were in receipt of Local Youth Club Grant Scheme funding in the previous financial year must complete the Club Report Form in Appendix 4 (included in LYCGS 2020 application form), and return it along with their application.

*Please note that sports clubs/groups are not eligible to receive funding under the terms of this scheme.

Contact Joe Thompson, Youth Officer

Laois and Offaly ETB,
Ridge Road,
Co. Laois.

Telephone 057 8621352 or 085 8878578
Email  jthompson@loetb.ie


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