– Youth funding of €67million announced with €12million allocated for national organisations;
– Dedicated funding of €894,011 allocated to Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board;
– Four funding categories – Targeted Youth Funding, Youth Information Centres, Local Youth Clubs and ETB Youth Grant.

Fine Gael TD for Mayo, Alan Dillon, has welcomed youth funding announced by the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, TD. In total, dedicated youth funding in excess of €894,000 has been awarded to Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board (ETB). Funding of over €520,000 is being allocated for Targeted Youth Funding; €68,000 for Youth Information Centres; €96,000 for the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme; and €207,000 for the ETB Youth Grant.

Deputy Dillon said; “With over €894,000 of youth funding being allocated to Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB for 2021, this funding will be put to use for youth services within the three counties. This funding is in addition to over €12million allocated to National Youth Organisations such as Foróige, the Order of Malta, Youth Work Ireland, Scouting Ireland, No Name Club, Macra na Feirme, SpunOut and Junior Chambers Ireland. In total, over €67million of youth funding has been announced by the Youth Minister, Roderic O’Gorman, TD, for 2021. This is an increase of roughly €6million from €61million announced last year demonstrating the increased commitment by this Government to investing in our young people.”

Mr Dillon added: “I have been contacted by so many young people during the pandemic about the impact it was having on their mental health and the need for greater youth services. This Government has stepped-up funding to address those concerns and increased youth funding from last year by over €6million. I have enormous respect for the transformative effect that comes from the high quality of our local youth workers with Mayo’s young people. I look forward to this youth funding being put to good use in our communities over the coming year.”