€7 Million for Sports Clubs after Application Review

170 clubs and sports organisations around the country know what it likes to win a replay after being awarded €7 million yesterday following a review of projects previously deemed invalid.

The grants announced by Ministers Shane Ross and Brendan Griffin represent the first set of allocations under the 2018 round of the Sports Capital Project Scheme but are a carryover from the 2017 round.

Under the 2018 programme, for the first time, applicants who were deemed invalid under the previous round were invited to correct their applications rather than having to make completely fresh ones.

186 groups took up the opportunity and over 90% of them are now getting a grant. They include three who will get the maximum grant of €150,000 towards a sports centre in Corduff (pictured), facilities at Lucan Sarsfields and Kilmacud GAA Clubs and Jesus and Mary College at Our Lady’s Grove. All four of the maximum projects are in Dublin but there is a wide spread of both geography and sports.

€64,000 has been allocated towards the construction of a Beach Volleyball Court in Clontarf.

“The Sports Capital Programme remains an essential vehicle for providing suitable sports facilities and equipment to allow as many people participate in sport as possible,” said Minister Ross.

“The grants which we have approved today will benefit every county and 23 different sports will see improved facilities and equipment. I look forward to announcing grants to many more deserving sports projects later in the year.”

Last year’s Applications totalled over €160 million, more than four times oversubscribed and an analysis of those is currently underway.

Sport for Business, together with our partners 2Into3, delivered a series of nationwide masterclasses on the application process where we addressed almost 100 clubs and sporting bodies all of whom will now be hopeful of succeeding when the grants are announced later in the year.

We are currently planning a similar roadshow, bringing real expertise and practical advice in an area which can transform clubs and communities.

Contact us today if you might be interested in learning more about the Club Roadshows. Please quote Clubs in the subject line.

“Since being appointed minister with responsibility for sport I have had the pleasure of seeing the huge difference that the Sports Capital Programme has made throughout the country,” said Minister Griffin.

“I commend the volunteers behind the clubs and groups receiving grants today. They are the lifeblood of sports in Ireland and providing them with the right facilities and equipment is the least we can do to assist them in their roles as coaches, mentors or groundskeepers.”

“In relation to the new applications submitted under the 2018 round, work will now be advanced on the assessment of these with allocations to be announced later in the year.”



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