11 March 2015

Local clubs should apply now for Sports Capital Funding – Fitzgerald

-    €40 million available nationwide in 2015
-    Applications must be in by Friday, 24th April

“Sports clubs and organisations in Clondalkin, Lucan, Newcastle, Palmerstown, Rathcoole and Saggart should apply now for Sports Capital funding,” says local TD Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice & Equality.

Minister Fitzgerald was speaking after confirmation from the Minister for Sport, Michael Ring TD, that an extra €40 million has been secured for Sports Capital Programme in 2015.

“It is very welcome that once again, Sports Capital funding will be provided to clubs and local organisations around the country in the coming year.

“The economic recovery allowed this Government to re-instate the Programme after it was closed by Fianna Fáil during the recession. We understand the importance of sport to communities around the country and the imperative to fund it. Money spent on sport is money saved on healthcare down the road.

"According to the Department of Sport, 90% of Sports Capital recipients say it has helped them to increase the numbers of people involved in sport.

“The €40 million for 2015 brings to €130 million the total amount available in the Sports Capital Programme since the Government re-opened it.

“There is a two-step process for any club or organisation wishing to apply for this funding. All clubs planning to apply must register on the online system on www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie before 5pm on Friday, 10th
April 2015 (if not already registered). They must then get their applications in online before 5pm on Friday, 24th April 2015.

“If any Club is concerned about getting their application right, they should look at the handy guide on the website. The Department of Sport has also made some helpful YouTube video to supplement this guide and show you how best to prepare your application.”

“I look forward to seeing strong and ambitious application from clubs in my area. A great variety of sports are played and organised by the fantastic clubs in these parts, and I have no doubt that they will put their best foot forward in applying for this crucial Government funding”.