National Lottery: Children and Young Adults Grant

Manager: Lise-Ann Sheahan

Funding Body: 

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Grant Amount: 

€500 - €20,000 in grant funding.

Application Deadline

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is not in a position to operate a National Lottery Scheme in 2015. The last application deadline was the 6th of June, 2014 (12:30pm).

Applicant Type: 

Community Groups and Voluntary Organisations with an involvement in the provision of Children's and Youth services to their Community.

Further Support:

Learn from previously funded Community Groups and Voluntary Organisations by getting in touch with them directly. The list of previously funded groups and organisations can be found on the Department of Children and Youth Affairs website or click here.



The Department of Children and Youth Affairs 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 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 was 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.


Application for funding must be made using a standard application form. An English or Irish version is available to download below or click here. An information leaflet to accompany the form is also available to download below or click here.


Further Information:

For further information, please do get in touch. 

Call: 01 647 3112 or 01 647 3115.


Address: Finance Unit, Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Ground Floor, 43-49 Mespil Road, Dublin 4.



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