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Minister Zappone announces launch of LGBTI+ Capacity Building Initiative

By July 17, 2019 No Comments
LGBTI Strategy

Funding will be made available for the development and delivery of evidence-informed CDP initiatives specifically related to working with and supporting LGBTI+ young people.  

Following the launch of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy during Pride 2018, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, is delighted to announce a continuation and extension of the successful Capacity Building Grant which provided funding to organisations working with young LGBTI+ people in services across the country last year. 

This capacity building is a key action under Goal 1 of the 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. This initiative aims to provide funding to implement evidence-based LGBTI+ training, mentoring, coaching, Continuous Professional Development (CPD) initiatives and development of guidelines targeted at professional service providers and youth services. Training and guidance should include a particular focus on trans and gender-related issues. 

The Minister said: “I was very proud to launch the world’s first LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy last year as it clearly showed how serious we are in our mission to ensure that Ireland is the best small country in the world in which to grow up. We continue to work hard to make the Strategy a reality and to achieve what has been committed to. This funding is a wonderful opportunity for organisations with particular expertise in working with LGBTI+ young people to share that knowledge across other sectors such as health, social, education and youth services.” 

Funding will be made available for the development and delivery of evidence-informed Continuous Professional Development (CDP) initiatives specifically related to working with and supporting LGBTI+ young people.  This can include training, mentoring, coaching, and the development of guidelines/policies/procedures to support professional service providers, inclusive of youth services. In making an application for funding, the organisation must show how the initiative is additional to the current provision delivered by the service. Initiatives should demonstrate a high value impact on service provision for young LGBTI+ people across a range of sectors such as education, youth services, social services, health. 

This year, allowance is made for projects to be planned across two phases in 2019 and 2020, allowing scope for more ambitious projects to be developed. Initiatives with ambition and innovation will be prioritised, for example, evidence informed digital resources, websites, guidelines for widespread distribution, toolkits, online courses etc. 

The deadline for submissions is 12 noon on 26th August. For further details and information on how to apply, see..