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Funding Schemes – Registration & Applications

Funding Schemes – Registration & Applications

Local Youth Club Grant Scheme (LYCGS) 

The Local Youth Club Grant Scheme (LYCGS) supports volunteer-led youth club/group activities at a local level. Funding for the Scheme is provided by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) and is administered locally by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) on behalf of DCEDIY.

The Scheme supports voluntary youth club/group activities for young people; with priority given to clubs/groups catering for young people aged 10–21. The primary focus of the Scheme is to assist local, volunteer-led youth clubs/groups that provide a programme of youth work activities for young people. In addition, other clubs/groups that work with young people, but are not specifically providing youth work, are also entitled to apply for funding under the Scheme. 

To support the work of volunteers, and to ensure that quality standards are adhered to in their work with young people, DCEDIY has incorporated the National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups (NQSVLYG) into the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme (LYCGS). This Application Form encompasses both elements.

To be eligible for funding from the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme, the club/group must satisfy the following criteria:

  • It must be volunteer-led and it must be based on the voluntary participation of young people.
  • 75% of the club/group members must be between the ages of 10 and 21.
  • It must be able to clearly outline the benefits of club/group membership for young people who participate in its programmes.
  • The club/group must adhere to the requirements set out in Section 2 of the Application Form.
  • The club/group must be fully compliant with all requirements set out in the Children First Act (2015).
  • All adult volunteers working with young people must be Garda vetted before they start volunteering.
  • Appropriate insurance cover must be in place.
  • Volunteers must have access to a first aid kit and must be able to use it correctly.
  • The club/group must have a Health and Safety Statement, Policy or Procedures. (Note: this applies to clubs/groups that own premises. Clubs/groups that do not own premises must confirm that they have seen and operate to the building’s Health and Safety Policy.)
  • Information on all aspects of the three Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups that have been met by your club/group must be included in your Application Form response.
  • Clubs that were in receipt of Local Youth Club Grant Scheme funding in the previous financial year must complete the Club Report Form, and return it along with their application.

Please note that sports clubs/groups are not eligible to receive funding under the terms of this scheme.

LYCGS Guidance Note
LYCGS Statement of Assurance 2023
DPER Circular 2013/2014

Websites for Youth Organisations

Maps & contacts for youth groups/projects in Kerry

Youth Organisation Name Phone Email
KDYS Gareth Harteveld 068 23744
Scouting Ireland Southern Province Office 021 4220020
Foróige Regional Office Regional Office 021 4396521
Irish Girl Guides National Office 01 6683898
Kerry ETB Seamus Whitty (Youth Development Officer) 086 0409025

For other queries, please contact Seamus Whitty (Youth Development Officer):

Seamus Whitty

Youth Development Officer

Kerry ETB Youth Development Office, 13 Denny Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry V92 XY5C

Tel: 086 0409025


Guidance notes

LYCGS Statement of Assurance
LYCGS Guidance Note 2023
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