Sport got a financial boost on Friday with confirmation of €7.3 million being made available from Dormant Accounts Funding for a wide range of sport and physical activity measures countrywide.

The money will be distributed through Sport Ireland and will go towards projects up and down the country focusing on people with disabilities, people who are educationally disadvantaged and from disadvantaged communities.

The largest projects include continued funding for the development of Sports Hubs and two new funds looking at Active Cities and Innovation.

The four Dublin Councils will share €330,000 towards the former with Cork getting €200,000, Limerick €175,000, Waterford €70,0000 and Galway €25,000 in what was a competitive bid process.


The Innovation Fund is another that we will be looking at in closer detail in the coming weeks.

A total of €990,000 has been set aside to pilot new approaches to the development and promotion of sports participation.

The GAA and Cricket Ireland have been awarded €100,000 and €85,000 respectively with Swim Ireland, Tennis Ireland, Badminton Ireland and Basketball Ireland all getting €50,000.

Seven different Local Sports Partnerships have also been awarded between €50,000 and €100,000 for the same goal.


Just over €1 million will be distributed among 21 National Governing Bodies of Sport to extend existing and developing programmes for physical activity for people with disabilities.

€180,000 has been confirmed for Cara to continue the Sports Disability Training Framework and we will be talking to the care team in the coming weeks to highlight the work being done in this area.

€575,000 is being split across the four specific programmes to Get Ireland Running, Swimming, Cycling and Walking.

Each of the Local Sports Partnerships will gain between €3,500 and €8,000 to deliver Youth Leadership Training.

A figure of between €8,000 and €15,000 will be given to each of the LSP’s and to 12 National Governing Bodies to support volunteer initiatives.


“A key priority for Government is the targeting of resources at programmes that seek to address inequalities in sports participation, in particular socio-economic disadvantage,” said Minister Catherine martin announcing the funding.

“Similarly, we are keen to ensure that interventions are in place to boost participation levels among people with disabilities. The range of measures funded through the Dormant Accounts Fund is helping to make sport and physical activity more inclusive and accessible for many people right across Ireland.”

“Sport Ireland is delighted with the significant investment of €990,000 in Innovation for Sports Inclusion,” added Sport Ireland Chair Kieran Mulvey.

“These creative Innovation projects have the potential to create solutions to the problems that exist in sports participation. The announcement of thirteen innovation projects is very welcomed, stimulating collaboration within and beyond the sports sector.”

“The increase in Dormant Accounts Funding will enable Sport Ireland, supported by National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of communities throughout Ireland,said John Treacy, Sport Ireland CEO.

“Key to the work of Sport Ireland is the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to partake in sport and physical activity, no matter what their circumstances.”