New funding scheme for playgrounds around the country

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A new funding initiative is being announced for children's play and recreation facilities around the country.

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone TD, announced an increase in funding for children’s play and recreation facilities across Ireland. Annually funding is provided to Local Authorities to fund the development of playgrounds across the country.

This year Local Authorities applied for funding for projects under the Capital Grant Scheme for Play and Recreation for up to €30,000.The purpose of the Scheme is to support refurbishment of play and recreation amenities for children and young people. This includes the provision of new equipment, the development of natural play areas and the refurbishment of existing play facilities. One of the criteria under this scheme is that the playground must be accessible to all children.

Minister Zappone said:“My Department is delighted to announce an increase in funding for 2019 from €250,000 to €450,000 for the refurbishment of existing play facilities.My Department continues to work closely with the Local Authority Play and Recreation Network to agree priorities and criteria for funding allocations.”

She said:“In 2019, playgrounds across 23 counties were funded by my Department, enhancing and developing inclusive play facilities across the country. I look forward to seeing the results of this funding in the form of upgraded play facilities and play areas which will greatly enhance the lives of children.”

 Successful applications will be supported with an additional 25% funding of the awarded amount from the Local Authority.