KCETB Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board
Rialtas na hEireann Government of Ireland
Rialtas na hEireann Government of Ireland
Co-Funded by the European Union

Youth Office Grants and Support Initiatives

KCETB’s Youth Office is responsible for the administration, governance and oversight of over €1.1 million in funding from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) to local youth services and local voluntary youth clubs through a variety of grants and support initiatives each year.

The DCEDIY grants directly benefit young people in Kilkenny and Carlow through their participation and engagement in a variety of youth work supports, programmes and initiatives. These are run by Carlow Regional Youth Service, Ossory Youth Services, Foróige DRUM Youth Project and Health Café, Kilkenny as well as a host of voluntary youth work clubs and groups.

KCETB also works with the DCEDIY, as a strategic partner, to support the delivery of the Youth Information Centre in Kilkenny and the UBU Your Place Your Space youth funding scheme in Kilkenny and Carlow which provides almost €1 million for local youth services.

Please click here to see a map of current KCETB funded Projects, YICs, and Clubs operating in Kilkenny and Carlow


Examples of recent grants:

Youth Capital Funding Scheme

Purpose: To provide funding for expenditure to local youth services that is capital in nature including small scale projects, equipment, adaptations, ventilation and sanitary facilities, refurbishment and health and safety improvements.

Youth Club Equipment Grant Scheme

Purpose: To provide funding for expenditure to voluntary youth clubs that is capital in nature including a contribution to a once off purchase/installation, capital work to premises and ICT equipment.

LGBTI+ Funding Scheme

Purpose: To increase youth services contact hours with LGBTI+ young people to ensure that all LGBTI+ young people are visible, valued and included.

Covid 19 Minor Work Grant

Purpose: To support youth services and youth clubs to meet minor costs of re-opening fully as a result of Covid-19 restrictions being eased

Local Youth Club Grant Scheme

Purpose: To provide grant aid towards the costs of running volunteer-led youth clubs/groups at a local level, part-funded by the proceeds of the National Lottery.

KCETB Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Grant

Purpose: To provide additional supports to young people experiencing poor mental health and elevated anxiety through the provision of positive health and wellbeing programmes inclusive of therapeutic interventions.

KCETB Youth Workers Health and Wellbeing Grant

Purpose: To help support UBU youth work staff in dealing more effectively with work- related issues they might be facing due to the Covid pandemic. 

Targeted Youth Employability Support Initiative

Purpose: To engage and support the harder-to-reach young people, aged 15 to 24 years, who are not currently in employment, education, or training. The focus of the initiative is on soft skills and developing these in relation to employability by assisting young people in attaining increased confidence. 

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