The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone today announced funding for children’s play and recreation projects across
22 Local Authorities will benefit from funding for projects under the Capital Grant Scheme for Play and Recreation for new and innovative play
and recreation projects and the improvement of existing facilities.
The total value of the Scheme is €250,000.
In Co Kildare, Castledermot received €14,000 for a playground in the village green.
The projects funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA)
include the upgrade and redevelopment of older play spaces, as well as new
projects such as: the development of a percussions sensory play
installation; the establishment of a youth water sports and adventure
programme that targets disadvantaged, at risk and disabled youth; and the
provision of accessible playground equipment that will enable children
with disabilities to use and enjoy their local playgrounds with friends
Making the announcement Minister Zappone said:
“Every child needs access to play areas. We are now focussing our support
on those projects which are inclusive, accessible, safe and take into
account the views of children and young people.
"Play areas must give a sense of adventure. They must compete with hi-tech games to bring
excitement into the lives of our children which is why I welcome projects
which are innovative.
"The benefits of play are well known – it is good for health, creates new
friendships and brings excitement into young lives. With this funding it is
my hope that another generation will get to know the joy of the playground."
The Minister noted that the 2017 Scheme was oversubscribed and competitive.
Successful applications were those that best met the funding criteria.
Matched funding is being provided in each case by the relevant Local
“I would like to thank all of those who applied for funding under this
Scheme, and to pay tribute to the commitment of the community groups and
Authorities who are working together to improve the quality of the play and
recreation facilities available to children and young people in Ireland,”
concluded Minister Zappone.
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