European Year of Youth Funding

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€170,000 additional funding to support the European Year of Youth (EYY) 2022 has been announced.

Under a scheme introduced in March by Léargas, Ireland’s National Co-ordinator of the EYY 2022, grants of between €500 and €5000 are available to support young people promote youth opportunity, engagement and inclusion at local, national and EU level.

For the remainder of 2022, youth activities that show solidarity with Ukrainian young people, including those newly arrived in Ireland, or that promote European Union values such as peace, unity and democracy will also be eligible for funding under the scheme.

In view of the popularity of the scheme to date and in order to support the additional focus on solidarity with Ukrainian young people, Minister O’Gorman approved an additional €170,000 to support youth projects.

The additional support was announced as Léargas launched a national event entitled ‘All Aboard’ during which young people and youth groups travelled from Heuston Station to Cork on a dedicated European Year of Youth train journey, during which a full programme of workshops and activities took place focused on European Year of Youth themes such as opportunity, sustainability, mobility and diversity, with young people joining at stops along the way.

European Year of Youth Funding

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman commented:

“The range and quality of activities funded by Léargas under the European Year of Youth scheme to date are a testament to the strong interest among young people in Ireland in getting involved, making a contribution and having their voices heard. I am delighted to be able to increase my department’s support for the scheme. I would also like to acknowledge the important work to date by Léargas, by members of the European Year of Youth National Steering Group and by youth organisations, youth clubs, schools and other groups that are working to ensure that all young people can benefit from the opportunities of this year.

“I also congratulate Léargas for organising today’s All Aboard event, which epitomises exactly what the European Year of Youth is all about. After the opportunity deficit caused by the pandemic young people are on the move again, connecting with their peers, having their voices heard and learning about the many fantastic opportunities that are available to them.”


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