Sport for Business and 2 Into 3 are to host a series of Sports Club Masterclasses aimed at helping clubs and organisations from across the sporting spectrum prepare themselves for the 2018 round of Sports Club Capital Grants.
The details of the next round are due to be announced shortly and there will be a short window of application for clubs to have a chance of accessing the €40 Million likely to be made available.
Previous rounds of the funding, administered by the Department of Transport, tourism and Sport, have seen an investment of over €100 Million into local and regional sporting infrastructure but many clubs have fallen short through not having the expertise to apply correctly or not understanding what they could apply for.
The Sports Club Masterclasses will take place in four locations with two in Dublin, one in Athlone and one in Cork. They will include detailed insight on the application process and a workshop element where clubs will gain expert advice based on their specific circumstances.
They have developed out of the succesful series of Help for What Matters Rugby Club Roadshows which Sport for Business hosted in partnership with Ulster Bank earlier this year.
The reaction then from clubs as to the value of the advice recieved was very strong and there is a clear demand from clubs across the major sports of GAA, Soccer and Rugby but also those from wider sport.
Over 1,700 clubs from 50 sports benefitted from the last round of grants and this is a scheme which is making a very real difference to those who are ready and prepared.
€23 million was made available to GAA clubs in the last round, €7 million to soccer clubs and €3 million to rugby clubs with individual grants ranging from €1,000 to €150,000
2 Into 3 have successfully managed a number of applications for previous rounds and have a strong data which they will share on what has gone into making a winning application.
“With such an amount available, and with the potential to have such a transformative impact on clubs and their communities, this is an opportunity to make sure of getting the application process right, including how to link in with other groups to improve the chance of success,” said Sport for Business CEO Rob Hartnett.
“Clubs and those who run them are under pressure on so many fronts to get things right, and rely on volunteer input for virtually all their work.”
“This is an opportunity to learn from experts on how to give themselves a best possible chance of securing funding that will turn plans into reality and will make the club a better stronger force for good.”
“There will be a very tight turnaround in terms of the application for this latest round, hence the urgency of getting things set up in good time.”
Because of the workshop element to each of the four Masterclass events, places are limited and must be booked in advance.
In order to reserve a place on one of the four events, click on the links below:
Sports organisations that are members of Sport for Business can aaply to have a number of clubs attend the Masterclass Series at a reduced rate. Contact us today quoting Sports Club Masterclass in the subject line if you would like to avail of this offer.