Catherine Welcomes €1m Youth Café Funding

I am delighted to welcome the news that the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has announced details of the allocation of €1 million to support the development of new youth cafés.

Details of the scheme are available on the Department of Children and Youth Affairs website at where a link will be provided to the online application process.

I am glad to see the Government taking the provision of facilities to young people seriously, and note that over €700,000 has been provided for youth cafe developments since we took Government. This figure will now bring that to €1.7m – a substantial investment.

I would hope to see local organisations using this money to effectively provide youth cafés across Dublin.

Further Information: The Youth Café Funding Scheme is concerned with promoting the structured development of new youth cafés around the country by giving support to local organisations and groups which are providing youth services. The criteria for the Scheme places a clear focus on both long term sustainability and service planning. The scheme will be administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Youth Café Toolkit: how to set up and run a youth café in Ireland is designed to assist in the practicalities and day to day issues involved for anybody involved in the management of a youth café and is available on request.

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