MSLETB now accepting applications for the Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme

September 28, 2017


In recognition of the important role of volunteer-led youth clubs/groups in supporting young people, and their engagement with the incorporation of the National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups (NQSVLYG), a once off equipment grant has been made available in 2017, 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 once off 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 maximum grant that can be applied for is €5000; Groups can apply for one single item totalling €5000 or a number of items not totalling more than the maximum grant.
  • The grant may be awarded in full or in part payment and will be subject to your local ETB financial procedures (see link below)

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.)

Please note

v  Sports clubs/groups are not eligible to receive funding under the terms of this scheme.

v  Closing date is Friday 20th October at 12 noon.  Late applications will not be accepted.

v  Any club/group which has not previously participated in the annual Local Youth Club Grant Scheme will need to fill out and submit Sections 1,2 and 5 of the LYCGS Form 2017 (see link below) as well as the LYEGS application form. please contact your Development Officer for support in completing this additional form which incorporates the National Quality Standards for Volunteer Led Youth Groups.

Click on the links below for more information and to access an application form.
LYCES Application form 2017

LYCGS Application form 2017

Purchasing guidelines for youth groups

Closing date:

Friday 20th October 2017 at 12 noon

Late applications will not be accepted.

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