Sports clubs across the country are waking up today to the timetable of what they need to do to secure a confirmed €40 million as part of the new round of Sports Capital Grant Funding.
The details of the fund and the criteria which clubs need to meet were announced yesterday by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D.
The fund is the Government’s primary vehicle for providing support to sports clubs and communities to develop sports infrastructure around the country. It has delivered over €100 million into local sports communities and is vital for clubs to get right.
Applications will open on Friday 7th September and close at 5pm on Friday 19th October. Clubs have to be registered on the programme website and the closing date for that is October 5th. It’s a short window but one which needs to be met.
They will take place in Cork next Tuesday, September 4th, Athlone on the 5th, in Citywest in Dublin on Tuesday 11th and at Na Fianna GAA Club on the 12th.
“We will be there to answer the questions, guide the application process and help clubs deliver their best chance of securing a transformational amount of funding for their club,” said Darren McMahon of 2Into3.
“This is further excellent news following a superb summer of Irish sporting achievements,” said Minister Ross.
“Recently we launched our new National Sports Policy 2018 – 2027 which confirmed our commitment to invest in sports facilities in the years ahead. The opening of a new round of the Sports Capital Programme shows that we are committed to delivering on this objective.”
“The programme itself has already transformed sports facilities in practically every community in Ireland. The €40 million that is now available provides an opportunity for even further improvements and I would urge all organisations with a suitable project to apply”.
“While the Sports Capital Programme is already hugely popular with sports clubs across so many different sporting disciplines, we are determined to make the application process as simple and user-friendly as possible,” added Minister of State Griffin.
“We undertook a detailed review of the 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme and the recommendations arising have been fully factored into the new terms and conditions of the 2018 scheme.”
“In particular, we are introducing some significant changes in our assessment methodology to ensure that we minimise the number of invalid applications. We will also give even greater priority to applications from disadvantaged areas and projects that promote the sharing of sports facilities with other clubs and the wider community.”
This focus on collaboration is something we have long advocated for and the new round will also allow for schools to apply in conjunction with clubs.
“I’m delighted that this year, following an agreement by both my own Department and the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport, that all schools may now be able to avail of the Sports Capital Grant Scheme as long as they do so in conjunction with a sports club,” said Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton.
“This is a great opportunity and I encourage all interested schools to apply.”