Howard encourages clubs to apply for grants

Howard encourages clubs to apply for grants

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Fine Gael Councillor Mary Howard, has encouraged local youth clubs to apply for grants under a new €1.17 million fund announced by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

“This year’s Local Youth Club Grant Scheme will see  €93,523  allocated to the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board for local volunteer led youth groups” said Cllr Howard.

“Youth groups and clubs across Co Clare will soon be able to apply to the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (ETB) for funding under this scheme”   and Mary continued. “Youth clubs are part of the fabric of communities here in Co Clare and must be supported”.

Thanks to our recovering economy, the Government was able to increase this year’s funding for youth clubs by 10%. Fine Gael is determined to ensure that we target the benefits of our economic recovery at those who need it most.

Cllr Howard said: “When we support youth groups, the whole community can benefit. The aim is to enhance the lives of our young people by developing their skills and talents and harnessing their energy in a positive way. This of course also benefits the wider communities in which these young people live.”

Cllr Mary Howard – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

The scheme is open to approximately 1,600 youth groups and clubs, with an estimated 90,000 club members around the country. So I strongly encourage our youth groups and clubs to apply for this funding to ensure that our local communities can benefit.

“This year the Scheme is open to new clubs and applicants which have not benefitted in the past. So this could be a great opportunity for a new group to grow and expand. I encourage clubs and groups to apply, no matter how new or small they are.

“Each ETB will be advertising the scheme locally and on their website in the coming months. So I encourage all youth groups in Co Clare to keep an eye out and get their applications ready”, concluded Cllr Howard

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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