Fine Gael general election candidate Garret Ahearn has welcomed the announcement of €4,750 in funding for LGBTI+ organisations in Tipperary.
The funding - under the grant scheme for LGBTI+ Capacity Building initiatives for professional service providers who deal with young people - was announced by the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone following the launch of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy 2018-2020.
“This funding will make an important contribution towards improving the quality of services for LGBTI+ young people in Tipperary," Ahearn told The Nationalist.
“The organisations set to receive funding are Youth Work Ireland Tipperary and Mid-West Traveller Primary Healthcare Network.
“Capacity building is described as a key action under Goal 1 of the Government’s LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy, which is to 'create a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for LGBTI+ young people’.
“The objectives and actions associated with this goal will work towards the continued improvement of safe, supportive and inclusive spaces for LGBTI+ young people, and this new funding will go a long way towards achieving that goal.
“The Tipperary youth projects and services set to receive funding can use it for capacity building measures such as evidence-based LGBTI+ training, mentoring, coaching, CPD initiatives and guidelines targeted at professional service providers and youth services," Ahearn added.
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