Ryanair founder’s €1m legacy to the children of Tipperary

A €1 million fund for grants that could improve the life experience of children and young people has been established by the Tony Ryan Trust.

A €1 million fund for grants that could improve the life experience of children and young people has been established by the Tony Ryan Trust.

The Trust’s ‘Tony Ryan Fund for Tipperary’ will fund initiatives that support children and young people to reach their potential, over the next two years. Its focus will be on improving the lives of children and young people in the county.

Tipperary is to benefit from the generous grant fund because of the late Ryanair founder’s roots in the county. This announcement comes at a time when early learning and child care is to the forefront of debate.

The Fund will give financial support to “evidence based initiatives” and may include support for training local trainers to implement agreed programmes. It will ensure that the funding has an impact by supporting proposals that are backed by evidence or evaluations that show effectiveness, having local champions who will drive the proposals and who can show how it will be sustained post funding.

Grants will be made to organisations or a consortium of organisations.

The first two programmes under the fund are now inviting applications, but the trustees are open to any suggestions or ideas from local people or groups which meet the fund’s requirements.

The ‘Incredible Years and the ‘High Scope programmes are now taking applications to train teachers and early years practitioners in County Tipperary. The programmes are open to non-profit organisations, applications are by email only, and the closing date is Friday, July 19.

For information on the grant application process email info@foundation.ie or ring 018747354.

Details of the ‘Incredible Years’ programme is on www.incredibleyears.com, for more on the ‘High Scope’ programme see www.early-years.org.

Professional Life Coach June Moloney welcomed the fund. She said it was a great boost for Tipperary and for the personal development of children in what are the most important years of their lives. “It’s imperative they get the opportunity for these schemes to be introduced at a young age.”

Ms Moloney, who writes a weekly column for The Nationalist, is also a member of the Adult Advisory Panel with the national centre for youth mental health ‘Headstrong.’