The Department of Education (DE) pays capital grants towards facilities for Youth voluntary organisations.

Voluntary Youth Capital Funding Scheme 2016/17  

Application forms and documentary evidence are to be lodged with the Department by the closing date of 30 September 2016 at 12 noon.

The assessment of applications will take place by 28 October 2016.

For any further queries regarding Youth Capital Funding, please contact Gary Mervyn 02891 279790 or Bob Braniff on 02891 279363 or email

Following the Minister's announcement on the 11 March 2016, please find below expression of interest forms to be lodged with the Estate Operations Team by 12 noon Friday 13 May 2016.

Voluntary Sector 

To be eligible your organisation must be registered with the Education Authority (formally your Education and Library Board) or receive funding from the Youth Council for Northern Ireland and be able to demonstrate the operation of a Youth Service Programme for at least 9 hours per week for a minimum of 30 weeks per annum.

Grant aid can assist with the costs of refurbishing premises, improving facilities or access for people with disabilities, bringing the property up to current health, safety and fire authority standards, towards child protection measures or meeting needs of young people within Section 75 and those at greater risk of social exclusion/marginalisation.

Youth grant recovery

As a means of protecting public investment these capital grants are awarded with conditions attached, which will be specified in a 'Letter of Undertaking' or 'Deed of Covenant and Charge', agreed between the Department and Trustees of the Voluntary Youth Organisation.

The amount of grant awarded will determine the conditions. For example awards over £150,000 will require a legally binding 'Deed of Covenant and Charge' usually lasting for 22 years. If a Youth Organisation does not fulfil the conditions within the specified time, a proportion of the grant may be repayable to the Department.

The authority of the Department to both award and recover grant is laid out in legislation:

Youth Capital Funding Scheme for Voluntary Organisations

Following a call for Youth Capital Funding Schemes for Voluntary Organisations in April 2013 64 applications were received. A total of 53 applications were successful.  The approximate total value of these schemes is £12million. It is anticipated that the spend for these schemes will be spread between 2014/15 and 2015/16 financial years.

Schemes that exceed £150,000 will require a business case and planning approval before they can be progressed, in total 24 schemes fall into this category. It is envisaged that a contractor will not be on site for these schemes for at least 12-18 months. A further 29 applications were received with estimated costs under £150,000; these schemes may be progressed in a shorter timescale.

All applicants were notified on 14 November 2013 the outcome for their scheme. Below is an alphabetical list of the successful schemes which will now be taken to the next stage of the process.

  • 1st Hillsborough Scout Group Hillsborough
  • 1st Randalstown Scout Group Randalstown
  • 1st Tyrone Scouts Dungannon
  • 314 Northern Ireland Girls Brigade, Monkstown, Newtownabbey
  • 4th Portadown (St Mark's) Scout Group Portadown
  • 6th Belfast Scout Group Belfast
  • 6th Fermanagh Scouting Ireland Irvinestown
  • 6th Tyrone Scouts Cookstown
  • Ardoyne Youth Club Belfast
  • Ardstraw Presbyterian Church Youth Council Omagh
  • Ballysillan Youth for Christ Community Drop in Centre Belfast
  • Boys Brigade Belvoir Project Belfast
  • Cladagh Glen Centre, Fermanagh Enniskillen
  • Clann Eirann Youth Club Lurgan
  • Comber Youth for Christ Comber
  • Conway Youth Centre Belfast
  • Corpus Christi Youth Centre Belfast
  • Croi Éanna Glengormley
  • Deanby Youth Centre Belfast
  • Downpatrick Group Scouting Ireland Downpatrick
  • Ebrington Church Youth Council Derry
  • Fairhill Youth Centre, Maghera Maghera
  • Forthspring Inter Community Group Belfast
  • Gallbally Youth and Community Association Gallbally, Dungannon
  • Girlguiding Ulster, Lorne House, Craigavad, Holywood
  • Glarryford Young Farmers' Club Glarryford
  • Glenview Community Centre Derry
  • Goal Line Youth Trust, Portadown
  • Holy Family Youth Centre, Belfast
  • Holy Trinity Youth Centre Belfast
  • Holywood Family Trust Holywood
  • John Paul II Youth Club Belfast
  • Kingdom Youth Club Kilkeel
  • Londonderry YMCA Derry
  • Loughiel Community Association Loughiel
  • Magnet Young Adult Centre Newry
  • National Council of YMCAs of Ireland, Newcastle 
  • Newhill Youth & Community Centre Association Belfast
  • Patrician Youth Centre, Downpatrick
  • Portadown YMCA Portadown
  • Rosario Youth Centre Ormeau Road, Belfast
  • Saints Youth Centre Twinbrook
  • Share Discovery Village Lisnaskea
  • St Comgalls Youth Centre Antrim
  • St Mary's Youth Club, Derry
  • St Michael's Scout Group Enniskillen Drumlyon, Enniskillen
  • St Patricks Youth Centre, Donaghmore
  • St Peter's Immaculata Youth Centre Belfast
  • St Teresa's Youth Club, Belfast
  • The Scout Association - NI Scout Council National Scout Centre Crawfordsburn
  • West Kirk Community Project Belfast
  • Willowfield Parish Church Belfast

For Information Only you can access a copy of the 2013/14 Application pack:

If you require further information about the Scheme please contact:

Estate Operations Team
Department of Education
Rathgael House
43 Balloo Road
BT19 7PR


  • Local: 028 9127 9452
  • International: +44 (0)28 9127 9452


The Education Authority

The Department makes a capital allocation to the Education Authority to assist in improving facilities for the Youth Service.

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