Large Scale Funding – The Ones to Miss Out

The biggest project to miss out on the Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Funding is the development of a new stadium and regional sports centre by Finn Harps in Donegal.

It had submitted for €5.3 million in funds but did not appear on the list of approved grants published n Friday.

The travails at the FAI may have had something to do with it but funding was granted for the Munster Centre of Excellence in Glanmire.

“We are disappointed at the exclusion of the Donegal Community Stadium Project from the funding approvals announced by the Department on Friday,” said a club spokesperson.

“The project had previously been approved by the Department of Sport, and commenced on site, with substantial work carried out. However, the Department were unable to continue funding during the recession and work ceased.”

“In 2017, given the original commitment to the project and the fact that significant funding was already incurred, the Department proposed a new model to deliver the project, and the Club agreed to same.”

“Since then the Club have implemented what has been required in line with the new model proposed, and received a Department allocation in respect of same last year. The Club understood that final funding approval was imminent to complete the main stand, pitch floodlights and ancillary facilities, and is surprised and disappointed that the project has not been included at this time.”

“The project is ‘shovel ready’, with detailed design, bill of quantities and planning permission all in place.”

“The Club welcomes that fact that the Department have already committed and spent over €1m on the project, however, we are concerned that further delays are only going to result in increased costs, and the structures already in place on-site will deteriorate.”

“In conclusion, the project cannot be delivered without the support and approval of the Department of Sport. We have not yet had any formal communication from the Department, but we understand that this will be forthcoming within the coming week or two. The Club will be following up with with the Department to determine when the commitments already given to the project will be implemented.”

We will monitor this as it develops.

The Aviva Stadium missed out on funding which had been submitted for as part of this fund but which will likely come through other sources.

Kildare did well through money for the development of the GAA grounds in Newbridge but missed out on an equally big project in Naas for which a little over €3 million had been sought.

Wicklow County Council had pitched for four projects and secured two with one astroturf and one swimming project missing out in favour of another in swimming and one in athletics.

Two GAA projects at Midleton and Kilworth missed out and may have been seen as more suitable for the Local Sports Capital project grants.

Works on the Clare GAA Centre of Excellence also missed out.

A total of 38 other projects have sought funding of €17.7 million in Stream One Funding to take them to the next stage f development. An announcement on the distribution of those funds is expected shortly.

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