Young Peoples Facilities and Services Fund
What is the Fund for?
The Young People's Facilities and Services Funding (YPFSF) was established in 1998 to assist in the development of preventative strategies/initiatives in a targeted manner through the development of youth facilities, (including sport and recreational facilities) and services in disadvantaged areas where a significant drug problem exists or has the potential to develop. The objective of the Fund is to attract "at risk" young people in disadvantaged areas into these facilities and activities and divert them away from the dangers of substance abuse. The target group for the Fund are 10-21 year olds who are marginalised through a combination of risk factors relating to family background, environmental circumstances, educational disadvantage, involvement in crime and/or drugs, etc.
Areas covered by the Fund
Up to recently, the YPFSF has focused on the 14 Local Drugs Task Force (LDTF) areas (12 in Dublin, Bray and Cork) and 4 urban areas (Galway, Limerick, Waterford Cities and Carlow Town).
In March 2008 the Fund was expanded to 4 additional towns – Athlone, Dundalk, Wexford and Arklow.
Type of Projects Funded
Funding allocated under the YPFSF has provided support to in the region of 500 facility and services projects. The initiatives being supported include (i) the building, renovating or fitting out of community centres, youth facilities and sports clubs so as to provide suitable accommodation for programmes and services geared for the most "at risk" young people in an area, (ii) funding a number of purpose-built youth centres which provide a focal point for youth activities in an area and (iii) youth, outreach and sports development workers have been appointed to work on the ground with the target group offering developmental activities, sporting and educational programmes for young people who have traditionally found themselves outside the scope of mainstream youth work.
Due to budgetary constraints and in an effort to consolidate and preserve existing provision where possible, new applications for admittance to this funding scheme will not be accepted. The available resources will be directed at existing funded projects.