FIFTY-SEVEN Co Louth clubs have been awarded over €200,000 in funds for youth projects, according to Louth Fine Gael TD Fergus O'Dowd.
Minister for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD told Mr O'Dowd that €237,000 in funding has been granted to the 57 Louth clubs under the Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme.
The scheme was developed to support the work of volunteers, to enhance the experience of members, and to provide vital equipment to local youth clubs and groups.
“Earlier in the year I called on all local youth clubs to contact the LMETB after details of the funding stream were announced. The Scheme was administered through the Louth Meath Education and Training Board and my sincere thanks goes to all of the team who helped our local youth clubs make their applications this year," said Mr O'Dowd.
“The grants will assist clubs in the purchase of camping, gaming, sports and audio visual equipment. Other clubs, for example, have used the grant to purchase musical equipment which would otherwise unavailable to them."
He added: “The diverse range of the grants awarded is reflective of the clubs which applied and the young people who partake in their activities."
“I want to give a big thank you to everyone involved with these very important projects locally. The volunteering you do is of enormous benefit to the entire community."
Minister Zappone said: “What made this scheme unique was that clubs were asked to consult with the young people themselves to ascertain their opinions on what equipment should be applied for.
“It was a key feature of the scheme that any equipment applied for must directly benefit the members of the youth club or group.”