Donegal ETB’s Youth Work Committee, at its meeting on 15 December, discussed the Local Youth Club Equipment Grant Scheme 2017 that provided funding of €430,000 to 100 Youth Clubs and Groups throughout Co Donegal. Members heard that Youth Clubs and Groups could purchase storage, IT, electrical, sporting, art and drama equipment etc, enhancing the experience of young people, supporting the work of volunteers,and providing vital equipment to local youth clubs and groups. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Catherine Zappone, was delighted to announce the scheme which supports volunteer-led youth club/group activities at a local level. It also conveys recognition of the important role of volunteer-led youth clubs/groups in supporting young people, and their engagement with the incorporation of the National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups (NQSVlYG). Funding for the Scheme is provided by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and is administered locally by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) on behalf of DCYA.