Youth Club Equipment Grant
LMETB are pleased to announce the provision of an additional 2019 grant for the purchase of youth club equipment. Application forms can be downloaded from the link below:
Download Application form here
Download Procurement Policy here
In recognition of the important role of volunteer-led youth clubs/groups in supporting young people, and their on-going engagement with the incorporation of the National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups (NQSVlYG), an equipment grant has been made available in 2019, to support the work of volunteers, enhance the experience of members, and provide vital equipment to local youth clubs/groups.
The Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme (LYCES) supports volunteer-led youth club/group activities at a local level. Funding for the Scheme is provided by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and is administered locally by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) on behalf of DCYA.
- The scheme aims to support youth work activities at a local level with priority given to clubs/groups catering for young people aged 10–21 years and will complement the existing Local Youth Club Grant Scheme incorporating the National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups, on a once off basis. This scheme is open to all local youth groups/clubs that fulfil the eligibility criteria listed below.
- Consultation with the members of the youth club/group to ascertain their opinions on equipment needs will be expected, as any equipment applied for must directly benefit the members of the youth club/group.
- The scheme is focusing on the provision of small scale equipment grants to local youth clubs/groups. Grants may cover equipment such as: Storage, IT equipment, electrical equipment, sporting equipment, arts and drama equipment etc. Please ensure that in any applications for equipment that would have additional health and safety requirements that this is included in the items applied for. Also please at this point consider appropriate secure storage and if necessary include appropriate secure storage in the items applied for.
- The minimum grant that can be applied for is €200 and the maximum grant that can be applied for is €2000; Groups can apply for one single item totalling €2,000 or a number of items not totalling more than the maximum grant.
- Where applications for grant assistance exceed the funding allocation provided to an ETB, ETBs are requested to give priority to clubs/groups which did not receive grant funding under the 2017 Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme.
- The grant may be awarded in full or in part payment and will be subject to the relevant ETB financial procedures (attached)
- All grants will be awarded following a competitive process and administered by your local ETB.
Eligibility for the Scheme
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 LYCES funding.
To be eligible for funding from the Local Youth Club Equipment 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 have a nominated designated liaison person (DLP) for child protection.
- The club/group must have written procedures setting out child protection arrangements which are adapted to the nature of the organisation’s contact with children and which comply with the requirements outlined in Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (DCYA, 2011).
- 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.)
- Clubs/Groups which have not made an application under the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme may apply for funding under the Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme. To be eligible for funding the group must demonstrate compliance with the National Quality Standards for Volunteer Led Youth Groups.
- Clubs/Groups which received funding under the 2017 Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme (LYCES) must have satisfied all the reporting requirements of the ETB for the 2017 LYCES in order to be eligible to apply for funding under the 2019 LYCES. Applications received under the 2019 LYCES from Clubs/Groups which have not fulfilled the reporting requirements of the 2017 LYCES will be deemed ineligible for funding.
Please note that sports clubs/groups are not eligible to receive funding under the terms of this scheme.
To apply you should email the relevant youth officer below and request a copy of the application form and conditions.
For Co. Louth:
Ian Walker, Youth Officer,
Louth and Meath ETB
Dundalk Co. Louth.
Phone: 042 9334047
For Co. Meath:
Barry Williams, Youth Officer,
Louth and Meath ETB,
Navan, Co. Meath.
Phone: 046 9010083
The closing date for returned applications is 5:00 p.m. on Friday 19th July 2019. Late applications will not be accepted
LMETB in cooperation with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) provides a wide range of services for young people between the ages of 10 to 24. Published in 2014, “Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures, The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014 – 2020” is committed to the following:
LMETB Youth services administer funding for youth clubs in Louth and Meath in the form of the DCYA Local Youth Club Grant Scheme. Application forms will be posted on this website when it becomes available.
The Youth Service also ensures that youth clubs are compliant with National Quality Standards. These standards include:
- The club/group can clearly outline the benefits of membership for young people who participate in their programmes (non-formal education)
- The club/group has a designated liaison person for child protection
- The club/group has written procedures setting out child protection arrangements which are adapted to the nature of the organisations contact with children and which comply with requirements set out in Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (DCYA, 2011)
- All adult volunteers have been Garda vetted
- Appropriate insurance cover is in place
- Volunteers have access to a first aid kit and are able to use it correctly
- The club/group has a Health and Safety statement, policy or procedures or operate to a buildings Health and Safety policy
- The club/group is volunteer led and is based on the voluntary participation of young people
- 75% of the club/group members are between the ages of 10 and 21.
LMETB work closely with organisations such as Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, Scouting Ireland, Irish Girl Guides, Catholic Girl Guides, Order of Malta, Macra na Feirme and other local groups to provide for the most vibrant voluntary service for young people across the region. To date LMETB Youth Service assists over 100 clubs, comprising 1500 volunteers and 5500 young people.
LMETB youth service provides a variety of services for volunteers. Courses in First Aid, Child Protection and a QQI Level 5 in Youth Work have been organised. The service is constantly trying to improve these services and put on courses that are relevant to volunteers. Please contact your youth officer (below) if your club volunteers have specific training needs. We may be able to help.
DCYA Funded Youth Projects
- Priority is given to the needs of at risk young people between the ages of 10 and 21 and those of socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Special Projects for Youth (SPY)
- Young People’s Facilities and Services II (YPFSF)
- Revised Youth Funding Scheme (RYFS) formerly Value for Money (VFM)
- Youth Employability Initiative (YEI)
LMETB currently provide an administrative, oversight and governance function to the following DCYA Funded Projects.
- Dundalk Youth Centre
- Drogheda Youth Development (Boomerang)
LMETB also provide Quality Assurance through the National Quality Standards Framework working with the following Youth Organisations:
- Youth Work Ireland (Meath and Louth)
- Involve Youth (Meath)
- Dundalk Youth Centre
LMETB have representation on the steering committees of numerous other non-DCYA funded youth projects, in particular The International Fund for Ireland.
- Turning Point (Drogheda)
- Omeath (beginning June 2018)
- New Leaf (Ardee)
- Youth Diversity Project, Culture & Leadership (Dundalk)
- Footsteps (Drogheda)
LMETB Administrative Offices
LMETB Administrative Offices
Tel: 042 933 4047 extn 3211
Tel: 046 901 0083