Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, that 2018 will see an increase of 13% in funding for the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme in 2018.
The increase will bring the allocation to €1.79m and will provide small volunteer-led youth clubs with greater capacity to reach more young people during the coming year: “I want to commend the Minister for seeking approval for the increased allocation of funding toward smaller volunteer youth clubs.
"This is an issue that all of us can support regardless of political affiliation given the enormously valuable contribution that these groups provide to communities right across the country.
"I am particularly delighted to see that Tipperary is set to receive an increase of €52,129 for the youth clubs in our own county who do heroic work, often with limited resources.
"As I understand it, the scheme, which is open to new entrants, will be advertised locally and applications for funding are currently being invited by the Tipperary Educational Training Board.
"I would encourage all small volunteer youth clubs in the county to immediately apply to the Tipperary ETB for a grant under the Scheme,” concluded Deputy McGrath.