Minister announces funding to create a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for LGBTI+ Young People.

By February 19, 2020 No Comments

LGBTI+ Capacity Building Initiative provides grants to support LGBTI+ young people across the country .

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, today announced Phase Two of the LGBTI+ Capacity Building Initiative.  Funding is being provided through this phase to support LGBTI+ young people throughout the country.

Over €440,000 allocated across Phases One and Two

The funding will provide for organisations working with young people to undertake training, mentoring, coaching and development of policies to work with LGBTI+ young people. It aims to support the development of better, more supportive services nationwide for LGBTI+ young people, through sharing of knowledge and expertise.

The Initiative is part of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy, which is the first of its kind in the world.  A key action from the Strategy is to “create a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for LGBTI+ young people”.

Speaking today, Minister Zappone said that “Through this funding, we are continuing to  work towards the improvement of safe, supportive and inclusive spaces for LGBTI+ young people in all walks of life.  We are committed to ensuring that LGBTI+ young people are widely supported and have the confidence to be themselves and actively participate in all aspects of society without fear of harassment and discrimination”.