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Lottery grant for children’s organizations

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, told Denis Naughten (FG, Roscommon/Leitrim S) that 79 organizations had applied to her department for its lottery fund in 2011, the value of the applications being €2.4m  (Dail Eireann, Debates, 29th November 2011, 312).  This far exceeded the amount available, so it might not be possible to assist all applicants.  Assessment of applications was at an advanced stage.  Projects could apply for the 2012 fund when it was opened on her departmental website (note: this lottery fund appears to have resulted from splitting the long-standing national lottery fund in the old Department of Health and Children and is one of the few national lottery funds to which voluntary organizations may apply directly – ed)

> List of 2011 applications: Dail Eireann, Debates, 22nd November 2011, 592-4.