Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’ Donovan T.D., recently announced a new round of Sports Capital funding for 2017.
The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development or refurbishment of sports facilities and the provision of permanent sports equipment.
The Programme aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sports and physical recreation facilities throughout the country. In particular, its stated objectives are to:
Assist voluntary and community organisations, national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport, local authorities and Education and Training Boards and schools to develop high quality, accessible, safe, well-designed, sustainable facilities in appropriate locations and to provide appropriate equipment to help maximise participation in sport and physical recreation.
Prioritise the needs of disadvantaged areas in the provision of sports facilities.
Encourage the sharing of local, regional and national sports facilities by clubs, community organisations and national governing bodies of sport.
Grants are available to sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities. Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports clubs or organisations.
All applications must be made online at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie
Important dates to note:
Sports Capital Programme opened for applications on 23rd January.
The deadline for applications is Friday 24 February (5pm)
If you have not previously registered, your organisation must register on the website first and your organisation must have a Tax Registration Number from the Revenue Commissioners to register. The deadline for registration is Friday 10th February (5pm)
For more information on the Programme including a very useful YouTube guide to the application process and a sample application form visit www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie