Targeted Youth Employability Support Initiative 2021 – 2022 (TYESI) 

LOETB is now accepting applications under Targeted Youth Employability Support Initiative 2021 – 2022 (TYESI) 

The TYESI is intended to fund programmes/actions to support young people aged 15-24 years who are not in employment, education or training by providing community-based interventions to improve their soft skills, confidence and agency to ensure engagement by young people in progression pathways.  

The purpose is to engage ‘hard to reach’ targeted young people, including young people experiencing isolation, economic disadvantage or intergenerational unemployment. 

Eligibility Criteria 

To be eligible for funding under TYESI the applicant must satisfy the following criteria 

  1. The initiative is open to community, voluntary and not-for-profit services and organisations that support young people. 
  2. Applications may be made by individual organisations. Joint applications are permissible. Where a joint initiative is proposed, a lead organisation must be nominated as the responsible party for the application and all aspects of the Initiative. 
  3. The approaches of mentoring and coaching must be incorporated into the service delivery. 
  4. TYESI must not lead to a displacement or duplication of existing publicly funded initiatives. 
  5. Successful applicants must be compliant will all requirements of the Children First Act 2015. 
  6. All applicants are legally obliged to comply with data protection generally, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the related Data Protection Act 2018. 
  7. Appropriate insurance cover must be in place. 


The funding currently available under the TYESI is €15,290. 

Please see the attached TYESI Application, Guidance Note and FAQ document for full details regarding the Initiative.  You are advised to consider the content in detail prior to completing an application.

The closing date for receipt of fully completed applications is Monday 20th September 2021. Application via email only to Late applications will not be considered. 

Please contact email or call Joe Thompson at 085 8878578, with any quires.



'The impact and power creativity can have on young people's mental health and overall wellbeing'

In collaboration with Laois Connects Mental Health Week, Laois Offaly Local Creative Youth Partnership (LO LCYP) has developed a Podcast discussing ‘The Impact and Power Creativity can have on Young People’s Mental Health and Overall Well-Being’. Hosted by Joe Thompson featuring guests Patricia Wallis (LO LCYP Coordinator) and Ros O’Meara (Musician).


Creative Activation Package 2020 (24.08.2020)

Application Deadline now CLOSED

As a result of the Governments July Stimulus Package, a ‘Creative Activation Package‘(CAP) has been made available by Laois Offaly Local Creative Youth Partnership (LO LCYP) to all Youth Organisations, Projects, Clubs and Groups across Laois and Offaly,

It is envisaged that the funding, will bring about a greater understanding as to the power of creativity to bring about change in the lives of young people. At the core of the creative work is the voice of the young people. As a result of current COVID-19 restrictions, these programmes can be delivered in a safe space (either online or physical) in keeping with current guidelines.

Important Details:

  • The CAP 2020 funding is available to ALL Youth Organisations, Projects, Clubs and Groups across Laois and Offaly,
  • The CAP 2020 funding is targeted at young people aged 12-15 and 16-20 years across Laois and Offaly
  • Closing date for applications is close of business, 5pm Friday 4th September 2020.
  • The maximum grant that can be applied for under the CAP 2020 funding is €2,500. 
  • Please post completed applications to:  Patricia Wallis, LOETB Office, Ridge Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. R32 NN82.

To avail of an application form or for any further information, please contact LO LCYP Creative Coordinator Patricia Wallis by email;

Application form can also be downloaded here


Press Release From Department of Children and Youth Affairs 08.06.2020

Minister Zappone announces funding to enable the formal opening of UBU - Your Space Your Place on 01 July 2020 

From Department of Children and Youth Affairs 
Published at: 8 June 2020
Last updated 8 June 2020

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, today announced that funding allocations have been approved for the youth funding scheme, UBU - Your Place Your Space, enabling the scheme to proceed as planned on 1 July.

UBU - Your Place Your Space provides funding to youth services that support young people to develop the personal and social skills required to improve their life chances. This includes services covering health and wellbeing, education, employment and social connectedness. The scheme will target young people aged between 10 – 24 years who are experiencing economic, social and cultural disadvantage.

Following a successful application process, letters of allocation issued today to all Education and Training Boards (ETBs) who administer funds to successful youth services on behalf of the Minister.

Acknowledging the deep commitment by the applicant organisations and Education and Training Boards to the process Minister Zappone said:

“I greatly appreciate the efforts, particularly in these difficult times, of the ETBs and youth organisations to ensure that we can open UBU - Your Place Your Space on time on 1 July. I thank the youth officers and ETB co-ordination committees who have worked so hard under the Covid-19 restrictions to keep the process on track. This represents the completion of a major reform of funding for targeted youth services and it was achieved in the midst of unprecedented restrictions due to Covid-19.

“The youth sector has responded heroically to the current crisis, adapting and innovating in order to maintain supports for vulnerable young people. The funding announced today, coupled with the youth sector guidance which I published on 2 June, ensures that such services can continue to deliver on this important work throughout the year ahead within the robust framework of the new UBU - Your Place Your Space scheme.”   

Allocations to ETB's as of 08.06.2020


The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappene T.D., launched a new targeted youth funding scheme titled "UBU- Your Place Your Space" which provides over €38.5 million for youth services nationwide.

UBU - Your Place Your Space  brings together four already existing, overlapping schemes with a value of over €38.5 million. The scheme aims to provide services that support young people to develop personal and social skills required to improve their life chances. These include services covering health, education, employment and social connectedness. The scheme targets young people who are marginalised, disadvantaged or vulnerable. Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board's Youth Work team are excited to be involved in rolling out the new scheme with our community and voluntary partners.


LOETB Youth Officer, Joe Thompson pictured with Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone at the UBU - Your Place Your Space Launch


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