By Dan Walsh
A national total funding of €250,0000 was announced by Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman today (Tuesday) as part of the Government’s Summer of Play initiative which means new government grants will be available for Parent and Toddler Groups in Co. Wexford.
Deputy Paul Kehoe told WexfordLocal.com; “This funding will be allocated to all not-for profit Parent and Toddler groups throughout Wexford who actively involve the participation of parents in the local community. The grants available will range from €100 to €1,250.
“Existing Parent and Toddler Groups can apply for a maximum of €800 while new start up groups may apply for maximum grant of up to €1,250. The funding can be used for expenses including toys, play equipment, books, and activities for the children.
“Training for parents can also be covered under the grants including for example, paediatric first aid, committee skills and parenting courses.
“Limited funding will also be available towards insurance, rent or minor refurbishment, up to a maximum of 30% of total funding for existing services. Further limited funding will be available towards insurance or rent, up to a maximum of 70% of total funding for new services.
Deputy Kehoe hopes all local groups will apply for these grants to assist them in bringing parents and children together to play and socialise again. “The groups should apply for a grant under this scheme through Wexford County Council who can also give them full details on the programme,” he concluded.
The Summer at Play grants has been welcomed by Senator Malcolm Byrne who told WexfordLocal.com that many parent and toddler groups in Co. Wexford had been inquiring of him about such supports. “Children deserve to enjoy the chance to play and these small grants, through the County Childcare Committee, will be helpful in providing opportunities in our communities,” said Senator Byrne.