Local Community Projects to benefit from Lotto Funding

Young people in Kildare are set to benefit from €5,600 in National Lottery Grants.

Details of the allocation of National Lottery funding were announced last week by James Reilly TD and two local organisations are set to benefit. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has a National Lottery Discretionary fund which provides once-off grants to community groups and voluntary organisations involved in providing services for children and young people.

“Nationally, €910,000 has been allocated towards projects which provide services for young people. The value of this support cannot be under-estimated. In every city and town around the country there are people who volunteer their time and skills to assist with local groups and organisations focused on young people. These are the unsung heroes who do so much for people living locally without any expectation of anything in return. This National Lottery funding is another vital part of what’s required to keep these groups going,”

“This year, the scheme particularly targeted small scale projects and it focused on activities that involve culture and play, young people led initiatives, healthy lifestyle and those that provide access for marginal groups to extra circular activities. In particular, I am delighted to see healthy lifestyle being added and targeted in the list of projects, as it has been a topic close to my heart in Kildare for many years”.

The organisations who have secured funding this year in Kildare include: Kildare Foroige District Council who will use the money to run a KHealth and Wellbeing Programme; and the Strengthening Families Interagency Steering Group who will use the money for a Strengthening Families Program in Kildare.

“I wish to congratulate those who were successful in securing funding and commend them for their contribution to our local community. I would also encourage other organisations to consider applying for this once off grant in 2015.”