Youth Café Capital Funding Programme

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Funding of up to €1 million is available from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs for fit-out, refurbishment works or building enhancement projects for the startup of new Youth Cafés.

One of the core functions of a youth café is that it offers support to young people, ranging from practical support to advice through their participation in activities that are of interest to them and that are varied and on offer at times that suit their normal activities. In awarding funding, the Department will endeavour to ensure that there is a geographical spread of youth cafés from the funding commensurate to existing provision in the area.
Applications are only eligible from community and voluntary organisations with a minimum of three years experience of working with young people and the delivery of youth services. Consortia applications are welcome and should consist of a least one youth service organisation with no less than three years experience in the delivery of youth services. Applicants should familiarise themselves with the document “Youth Cafés in Ireland: A Best Practice Guide” which was launched in April 2010 by the Office for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. The document contextualises the youth café model in Ireland and is an important towards informing your application. Applicants should also read the toolkit devised on behalf of the DCYA in relation to setting up a youth café.

Pobal is assisting the Department of Children & Youth Affairs in managing the Youth Café Programme 2013.

The Application Guidelines aims to explain the purpose and process of the Youth Café Programme 2013 and to assist applicants in making a valid application under the programme.

You can access online application process on the Pobal website
National Lottery Grant Scheme

DCYA has a National Lottery Discretionary fund in place which provides once-off grants to community groups and voluntary organisations with an involvement in the provision of Children's and Youth services. The department's entire 2012 allocation is €500,000.

Who can apply?

Applications come primarily from community groups and voluntary organisations with an involvement in the provision of Child and Youth services (for example to provide equipment for youth clubs, mini-buses, etc.) and once off programs. N.B. Funding is not available for ongoing running / staffing costs.

Application Process

Application for National Lottery funding must be made using a standard application form (available below).
PDF Version  MS Word Version

Alternatively, you can contact Finance Unit, Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Ground Floor, 43-49 Mespil Road, Dublin 4.
Tel: (01) 6473000 E-mail:

The application process for 2012 is closed as of Friday, 28th September, 2012. Applications are only accepted from groups or organisations operating within the State. The Department strongly recommends that applicants consult with the Department of Finance in relation to Tax Clearance Procedures – grants

Further details

Full details are available here

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