Up to €1,000 each is being made available to teen groups in Donegal South West with good ideas about mental health.

The grants are being offered by the Killybegs branch of YouthBank, an all-island movement which describes itself as "a personal development programme, which will build young people's self-esteem and confidence and provide them with an opportunity to learn new skills in leadership, team-work, decision-making, problem-solving, communication, negotiation, report-writing, presentation skills, event management, interview skills and lots, lots more".

The Killybegs YouthBank is one of only 20 committees around the country. The money to be disbursed was raised through local fundraising, which was then matched by the YouthBank foundation.

Applications for funding are now being invited from the Ardara, Killybegs, Kilcar, Carrick, Glencolmcille, Bruckless and Dunkineely areas.

Applicants must be aged between 11 and 19 years and each applicant group must have at least three members. Funding will be allocated for ideas on the theme of mental health and projects can be as basic as ideas about healthy eating, physical activity or feel-good events.
Killybegs YouthBank is led by transition year students from St Catherine's Vocational School and is based at the Youth Project in the Drop-In Centre, at the Niall Mór.
YouthBank committee member, Jordan Byrne said: "The purpose of the grants is to help groups financially with a project or idea that they may have."

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, May 14, and successful applicants will be called for interview. Further information: 086-857 9839 or email [email protected]

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