Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has welcomed the allocation of more than €5,000 in funding for LGBTI+ organisations in Clare.

The funding under the grant scheme for LGBTI+ Capacity Building initiatives for professional service providers who deal with young people, follows the launch of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy 2018-2020 in June.

Deputy Carey said: “This funding will make an important contribution towards improving the quality of services for LGBTI+ young people in Clare.

“The organisations set to receive funding are the Clare Youth Service who have been allocated €2,240 and Fishbowl Youth in Scariff who have been allocated €3,310 as part of umbrella group Ard Aoibhinn Community Initiatives.

“Capacity building is described as a key action under Goal 1 of the Government’s LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy, which is to ‘Create a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for LGBTI+ young people’.

“The objectives and actions associated with this goal will work towards the continued improvement of safe, supportive and inclusive spaces for LGBTI+ young people, and this new funding will go a long way towards achieving that goal.
“The Clare youth projects and services set to receive funding can use it for capacity building measures such as evidence-based LGBTI+ training, mentoring, coaching, CPD initiatives and guidelines targeted at professional service providers and youth services.