Cash for inclusion projects available

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The Education Authority Youth Service, in the Western Region, has received funding from the Department of Education to promote and support inclusive youth work projects in its area.

Applications are invited for funding for its Inclusion Scheme which will open on Monday, August 24.

The Scheme aims to support youth work specifically targeting communities of interest and those who may be at greater risk of social exclusion, marginalisation and isolation where they experience a combination of barriers to learning.

An Education Authority Youth Service spokesperson said: “The Inclusion Scheme is designed to support meaningful developmental opportunities for young people in the target groups over a minimum of 20 weeks up to February 2016. Applicants may apply for funding between £3000 and £10,000 which may be used to provide staffing, transport, hire of premises and programme costs to support their project. The Youth Service is keen to get this scheme off the ground as quickly as possible, so to that end, we are inviting applicants to seek advice from their Area Youth Office, if required.”

Applications for support under the Inclusion Scheme will be welcomed from registered voluntary youth organisations and/or from bona fide voluntary organisations that have experience of direct delivery of youth work programmes with young people.

The closing date for applications is 4pm on Tuesday, September 15. Application packs are available by contacting your Area Youth Office, by emailing donna.weir@eani.org.uk or by downloading them from the EA Western Region website www.eani.org.uk click Western Region.

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, September 25.