Today is the day for sports clubs and governing bodies to learn of their success or otherwise in the Sports Capital Grants scheme. The news is being disseminated by TD’s, Ministers and even our Taoiseach who has been congratulating a number of clubs in his constituency who have secured over €250,000 of grants.
Jennifer Carroll MacNeill, believed to be in line to replace Maria Bailey on the Fine Gael ticket in Dun Laoghaire has congratulated her local Rugby Club on their success and the announcements are coming thick and fast on social media using #SportsCapital19.
It’s a great way of seeing how local-based democracy really works, though all the decisions on grants were taken in a transparent manner and based on strict criteria.
Sport for Business understands that Dublin has fared well with as many as 80 per cent of applications that were valid getting money from the scheme.
That figure is also understood though to have dropped as low as 20 per cent in other counties.
We believe that the success of the scheme and the still great hunger from clubs means that a new round in 2020 is inevitable and has in fact already been budgeted for.
Sport for Business working with our friends and partners in 2Into3 will be hosting a series of Masterclasses around the country early in the new year where we will be able to share the success of clubs that have won and point to the ways in which applications can be made in order to give your club the best possible chance.
These were a great success at the end of last year and we look forward to hitting the road again in 2020.
If you would like to express your interest in taking part in a Masterclass in your region let us know in the form below and we will be in touch with dates and venues based on demand from around the country.
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