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National Lottery Grant Scheme

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs ("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.

Statutory basis

The National Lottery Act 1986

671 applications were received in 2013 totalling requests for funding in excess of €7.1m.  Of these 128 were approved with an average grant amount of €3,900 per project.

Grant Levels

In 2014 the Scheme is mainly targeting small scale projects and therefore the level of grant awarded will typically be for an amount less than €20,000. In all cases applicants should ensure that proposals demonstrate how a meaningful and complete project can be progressed to completion with a grant of this scale.

** Fully completed/signed applications should be returned by post to the
Department clearly marked "National Lottery Grants" and are to arrive no later
than 12:30pm on Friday, 6th June, 2014.

Who can apply

The scope of the scheme is for the provision of services to children and young people. Grants are generally awarded for once-off projects across a wide variety of areas such as the provision of equipment for youth clubs, youth cafes, scouts, summer camps, day trips for youth clubs/summer camps, play equipment for playschools/crèches and other once- off programs. In addition for 2014 the Department will also consider projects that focus on Children's and Youth Health issues.

During 2014, priority will be given to projects and activities that involve:

  • Culture, play and recreation.
  • Children and young people led initiatives.
  • Healthy Lifestyles for Children and Young people including innovative new projects aimed at emerging issues for children such as smoking, obesity, alcohol consumption, cyber bullying etc.
  • To provide marginalised groups with access to extra-curricular activity based projects.


The DCYA National Lottery Scheme has a limited funding allocation and as such is being targeted in 2014 at projects which would not ordinarily be eligible under the other programmes operated by DCYA / DCYA agencies or other Government Departments.  In such instances applicants are directed to the following programmes:

-    DCYA Childcare Programmes for Capital Grant Funding
-    DCYA Youth Organisations and Services Capital and Current Grant Funding
-    Department of Health National Lottery Funding
-    Department of Transport Tourism and Sport National Lottery Sports Capital Funding

The above list is not exhaustive and potential applicants should satisfy themselves that an alternative appropriate source of funding is not available prior to submitting their completed funding request.

N.B. Funding is not available for ongoing running / staffing costs.