The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport announced the next phase of allocations under the Sport Capital Grant scheme this week, with less of a fanfare than might have been expected given today is the day of local council elections.
It was good news though for 408 sports clubs and projects that got funding under the local allocation of €8,490,494 and the 47 more that shared €1,300,050 as part of regional grants.
The biggest winning sport was Golf drawing in €2,116,648 across multiple projects mostly relating to equipment for course maintenance. It was perhaps notable that the Confederation of Irish Golf were the largest single participant in the Sport for Business and 2Into3 Sports Capital Roadshows that took place last autumn ahead of the application process.
2Into3’s Darren McMahon has been hard at work this week analysing the grants made and has identified the fact that scoring on merit was very much to the fore this year as opposed to in previous years where a per capita factor was used to spread the funding across counties on a broadly equal basis.
The top 75 per cent of scoring projects all received some or all of what they were looking for, giving due reward for those who worked the hardest on preparing their application.
The kind of grants that were distributed ranged across a variety of equipment from mowers and storage shelving to bibs and cones.
The largest single grant went to Rowing Ireland with €158,800 towards equipment for the National Rowing Centre in Cork.
Fellow Sport for Business members CARA were also celebrating after securing €108,600 towards Fit For All Gym Equipment at their Tralee base.
County Cavan and Charleville Golf Clubs both broke through the six-figure mark in the local scheme while the smallest grants went to Killucan Ladies Football Club in Westmeath with €597 towards equipment.
The grants make a material difference to those who receive them and the next phase of evaluation for the Capital grants, likely to come in at around €23 million and more geared towards building projects is now underway.
An announcement of the successful applicants for this funding is expected in September.
Sport for Business and 2 Into 3 will announce details of this year’s Club Roadshow programme, focused on Fundraising next month with venues across the country and dates likely to be in late September and early October. Get in touch with us today if you would like to be kept informed of this year’s Roadshows.
The top ten different sports to receive funding this week as part of the 2018 Round were:
- Golf. €2,116,648
- Multisport. €1,358,205
- Rowing €1,166,980
- Canoeing/Kayaking. €438,565
- Sailing €435,075
- Gaelic Games €412,526
- Boxing €395,841
- Diving / Snorkelling €367,424
- Gymnastics €353,358
- Soccer €346,589
- Swimming €301,994
- Equestrian €229,053
All other sports including Rugby, Tennis, Boxing and others who have previously scored well in the scheme shared €1,868,286 between them.
In terms of the per capita spend, Kerry and Westmeath came out on top with Meath, Dublin and Offaly in the bottom three spots.
Thanks to Darren McMahon and 2Into3 for his assistance in the preparation of this analysis.