Speaking yesterday, Minister for Sport Michael Ring said: “When these grants are allocated later this year, this Government will have committed almost €130 million for the development of vital sports infrastructure across the country.”
“This is testament to the Government’s belief in the value and power of sport to strengthen communities and gives people greater opportunities to engage in sport.”
“The provision of an additional €40 million under this new round is key to facilitating participation in sport among local communities. With 90% of grantees telling us that the facilities we have funded helped them increase the numbers involved in sport, the value of the Programme can be in no doubt.”
“This is the third round of Sports Capital funding that has been made available under this Government, following years of neglect in this area by the previous administration.”
“The Programme, which is open from today, will facilitate successful applicants in carrying out essential works on pitches and facilities such as clubhouses and dressing rooms.”
“It will also provide for the purchase of new equipment which will help people to play their chosen sport to the best of their ability, increasing the chances of them reaching their full potential. This further reinforces the positive impact that sport has on communities from a physical and a social perspective.”
In the last round money was distributed on a pro rata basis around the country. In Dublin there was money left behind as not enough qualified projects were submitted to take over the money allocated.
This was then added to other counties and enabled projects from a wide variety of sources.
“The record number of applications received under the last two rounds of the Programme is testament to its value and the continuing need for improved facilities in every corner of the country,” added Ring.
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has created an online application system and added to that in this round with a number of video tutorials walking clubs through the process.
Sport for Business will be running its latest Sports Club Hub in Tullamore this Thursday and will be talking about the application process, as well as the broader aspect of sports club funding, with Leinster Rugby affiliated clubs.
The deadline for registration for this year’s Capital Grants Programme is Friday April 10th and full applications will need to be made two weeks after that.