Applications remain open from non-profit charity organisations based in six counties, including in Cork and Limerick, who work directly with young people or with adults who surround them, with grants of €5K and €10K available the Vhi Health & Wellbeing Fund.
Looking to fund initiatives that seek to strengthen resilience in young people and help them manage anxiety, the application deadline for the fund has been extended until midnight on Friday, 23rd October giving eligible organisations just under two weeks to apply.
The emphasis will be on early intervention and prevention for young people.
Research undertaken by the Irish Youth Foundation in August found that 3 in 4 youth leaders are now seeing an increase in the number of young people needing their support.
This comes at a time when 68% of groups are experiencing a drop in funding levels due to Covid-19.
SUPPORTING THOSE VULNERABLE
Lucy Masterson, CEO, Irish Youth Foundation, said: “The Vhi Health & Wellbeing Fund has been launched at a critical time for the youth sector. As the coming months remain uncertain for us all we know that those most vulnerable in our society need our continued support to ensure they survive this period.
“This fund is focused on providing supports to organisations who need it most and for those who have a focus on supporting the health and wellbeing of our young people.
“We’ve had great interest in the fund and I’d encourage everyone to avail of the application extension being announced today and get your application in. There’s still time and the funding could make an impact for the young people in your community.”
The Vhi Health and Wellbeing Fund is open to not-for-project or charitable organisations that are seeking to deliver projects dedicated to supporting the resilience of young people aged 12-25 years old.
Projects in the six locations where Vhi have operations will be supported – Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny and Limerick.
For more information, or to make an application, visit www.iyf.ie/grants.
Applications are being accepted until midnight on Friday, 23rd October.