Local Youth Club Grant Scheme Deadline Draws Near

Applications for the The Local Youth Club Grant Scheme (LYCGS) close in a little over 3 weeks. The Scheme supports voluntary youth club activities at local level, supporting voluntary youth club activities for young people; with priority being given to young people aged 10-21. Funding for the Scheme is provided by the Youth Affairs Unit (YAU), Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and administered locally by Education & Training Boards (formerly VECs) on the Department’s behalf.  

The primary focus of this Scheme is to assist local voluntary youth groups who offer a youth work response to young people.  In addition, other clubs / groups that work with young people which are not specifically youth work are also entitled to apply for funding under this Scheme.

  • Groups / clubs must be volunteer-led and based on the voluntary participation of young people.
  • 75% of the group’s / club’s members must be under the age of 21.
  • Groups / clubs must be able to clearly outline the benefits for participating young people.
  • Groups / clubs must adhere to national child protection guidelines and procedures.
  • Please note that sports clubs are not eligible for funding under the terms of this scheme.

In cases where there is more than one section in a group (e.g. Scout Group with Beavers, Cubs and Scouts / youth club with Junior and Senior sections / Guide Group with Ladybirds, Brownies and Guides), only one application should be made for the combined group.

Before completing this application form, please read the enclosed Local Youth Club Grant Scheme Information Sheetfor full details of the scheme. As documentation may change from year to year, it is important that the correct application form supplied by the Department is used.  All sections of the form must be completed. Incomplete forms will not be accepted. All reporting requirements must be complied with before any new grant will be considered. Information submitted to the ETB may be subject to Freedom of Information legislation.

National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups

All groups applying for a grant should now be working towards these standards.  Throughout 2014 and early 2015, national youth organisations and ETBs have provided support and guidance to groups in relation to the standards.  Briefing / information sessions have taken place and more are planned for 2015.

Youth groups affiliated to national youth organisationsshould consult with the Regional Youth / Development Officer of their parent organisation in relation to the standards.  ETB Youth Officers will provide similar support and guidance to youth groups not affiliated to a national youth organisation/ other locally active groups. Full guidance notes are available in the Volunteer Group Leaders’ Guide to National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups booklet available on www.dcya.ie.

It is expected that groups will have attended an Information Session/Briefing on National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups by the closing date for applications to the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme. Many groups will also have progressed towards implementation.

Deadline for applications: Friday, 17 April 2015.

To show any progress made at this stage in relation to the standards, groups should submit their Annual Plan and Progress Report, via their parent organisations for groups affiliated to national youth organisations, or directly to DDLETB for unaffiliated groups, by Friday, 17 April 2015.

In 2016, it is envisaged that submission of an Annual Plan and Progress Report will be a requirement for an allocation under the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme.

Would you like help with this form? Please contact your local ETB Youth Officer.

Closing date: return completed application to DDLETB by Friday, 17 April 2015.