21 December 2016

Local clubs should register now for Sports Capital Funding

-    €30 million available nationwide in 2017
-    Applications must be in by 24th February 2017

Local TD and Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald is encouraging sports clubs and organisations in Clondalkin, Lucan, Newcastle, Palmerstown, Rathcoole and Saggart to apply for Sports Capital funding.

Fitzgerald was speaking after confirmation from Minister for Sport, Patrick Donovan TD, that €30million has been secured for Sports Capital Programme funding in 2017.

Commenting on the announcement, she said, “I am delighted that once again, Sports Capital funding will be provided to clubs and local organisations around the country in the coming year. I recognise the role of sport and sports clubs in our communities and the imperative to invest in the clubs.

“As local TD and Tánaiste, I am committed to continuing investment in sport and supporting the volunteers who keep our sports clubs going. The Programme for Government contains the aim of allocating sports capital grants on an annual basis and since being given responsibility for sport. The Sports Capital Programme is an extremely effective way of bringing investment into local communities.
“Since the reopening of the programme in 2012, a number of clubs have been successful in receiving funding. This investment supports and rewards the great spirit of volunteerism that see hundreds of coaches every week supporting thousands of children and young people in sport.

“The application form has been significantly shortened, and the Department have issued new guides for completing the form. The upcoming holiday period provides a good opportunity for clubs to get registered online, familiarise themselves with the guide and undertake any other preparatory work in advance of formally submitting their application.

“As with previous years, there will be a two-step process, where clubs are required to register on the online system first and then submit the application subsequently. The online system will open today and online applications will be accepted from the 23rd January to the 24th February, 2017. Clubs not previously registered on the Department’s online application system need to do so in advance of this date and I strongly encourage clubs to register now.

She concluded, “I know a number of clubs will be submitting strong and ambitious applications for funding and I will be supporting them with their applications.  I wish them the very best of luck with their applications.”