Following the launch of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy during Pride 2018, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, has announced a continuation and extension of the successful Capacity Building Grant, which provided funding to organisations working with young LGBTI+ people in services across the country last year.
Funding will be made available for the development and delivery of evidence-informed Continuous Professional Development initiatives specifically related to working with and supporting LGBTI+ young people.
This can include training, mentoring, coaching and the development of guidelines/ policies/ procedures to support professional service providers, inclusive of youth services.
In making an application for funding an organisation must show the initiative is additional to the current provision delivered by the service.
Initiatives should demonstrate a high value impact on service provision for young LGBTI+ people across a range of sectors such as education, youth services, social services and health.
This year, allowance is made for projects to be planned across two phases in 2019 and 2020, allowing scope for more ambitious projects to be delivered.
Initiatives with ambition and innovation will be prioritised, for example, evidence informed digital resources, websites, guidelines for widespread distribution, toolkits, online courses, etc.
Capacity building is a key action under Goal 1 of the Strategy.
This is to “create a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for LGBTI+ young people.”
Minister Zapone said she was proud to launch the world’s first LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy last year and the funding announced is a “wonderful opportunity” for organisations with particular expertise in working with LGBTI+ young people to share that knowledge across other sectors, such as health, social, education and youth services.
The deadline for applications is 12 noon on August 26th.
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