Fine Gael TD for Kildare South and Chairman of the Parliamentary Party, Martin Heydon, has welcomed funding of €184,648.89 which has been granted to 52 Kildare clubs under the Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme.  The funding was announced this week by Minister for Children Dr Katherine Zappone.

Welcoming the announcement, Deputy Heydon said: “This funding will be a great benefit to youth clubs and youth projects here in Kildare South over the coming year.  The scheme was developed to support the great work of many volunteers.

“The grants will assist clubs in the purchase of camping, gaming, sports and audio visual equipment that is appropriate to their clubs. Some clubs, for example, have used the grant to purchase musical equipment which would otherwise unavailable to them.

“The diverse range of the grants awarded is reflective of the clubs which applied and the young people who partake in their activities.

“I want to give a big thank you to everyone involved with these very important projects locally. The volunteering you do is of enormous benefit to the entire community,”

Minister Zappone said: “What made this scheme unique was that clubs were asked to consult with the young people themselves to ascertain their opinions on what equipment should be applied for. It was a key feature of the scheme that any equipment applied for must directly benefit the members of the youth club or group.”


The following Kildare clubs have received funding this year:

1st Kildare 2nd Celbridge Scouts €4,892.00
2nd Kildare Newbridge Scout Group €5,000.00
3rd Kildare 1st Celbridge Scout Group €4,960.00
4th Kildare Naas Scout Group €3,275.00
4th Kildare Town Scout Group €4,821.00
5th Kildare Clane Group €4,120.30
7th Kildare Rathangan €5,000.00
8th Kildare Allenwood Scout Group €5,000.00
8th Kildare Maynooth Scouts €4,695.61
9th Kildare (Kilcullen) Scout Group €1,952.50
16th Kildare Kilcock Scouts €4,988.00
18th Kildare Scout Group Prosperous €5,000.00
21st Kildare Crookstown Scouts €1,614.00
22nd Kildare Staplestown €3,380.56
23rd Kildare Sallins Scout Group  €4,950.87
24th Kildare Carbury Scout Group €1,500.00
Allenwood Foroige Youth Group €3,347.93
Aontas Ógra Youth Club €619.88
Athy Girls Friendly Society  €866.18
Athy Union of Parishes Youth Group  €2,086.99
Balyna Foroige  €3,347.93
Brannockstown Youth Club  €1,829.00
Celbridge Youth Cafe  €4,976.76
Celbridge Youth Drama  €2,807.00
Clane Youth Club  €5,000.00
Coderdojo Milltown  €4,000.00
Crooked House  €2,819.80
Explore Youth Theatre  €1,207.32
Griese Theatre Club  €1,869.77
Irish Girl Guides- Celbridge  €3,290.79
Kildare Town Youth Café €5,000.00
Kildare Youth Water Safety  €3,000.00
Lakeside Girl Guides  €4,680.47
Lily Guides  €4,450.00
Leixlip Arch Club  €1,868.00
Leixlip Youth Premises Group LTD  €5,000.00
Monasterevin Youth Action  €5,000.00
Milltown Foroige  €3,696.67
Naas Girl Guides  €1,325.00
Naas No Name Club  €5,000.00
Narraghmore Foroige Club  €5,000.00
Newbridge FRC Youth Club  €1,092.60
Ógras Thír Mocháin  €4,852.99
Order of Malta, Athy Cadet Unit  €5,000.00
Rathangan Foroige Juniors  €3,347.93
Sallins Railway Girl Guides  €2,269.11
Scooters Youth Club  €5,000.00
Straffan Youth Club  €3,347.93
St.Mary’s Brass and Reed Band Mayoooth  €4,578.00
Suncroft Foroige  €2,000.00
The Cabin Youth Club- TCYC €921.00
19th Kildare Salesian Scout Group  €5,000.00