Sports Capital Grant Scheme

€40M announced by Minister Ring for 2014 round of Sports Capital Programme

A new €40 million fund for important sports capital projects was announced in December by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring.

The Sports Capital Programme is the main channel of Government support for developing sports facilities and purchasing sports equipment for sports clubs and organisations across Ireland.

“The terms and conditions of the programme have been finalised and it will open for applications on 17th January 2014. Applications for the 2014 programme will only be accepted online, and organisations must be registered in order to apply.”

This grant scheme is closed at the moment.

For further information, contact the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport 01 6041090 or 01 6041087

The national lottery-funded Sports Capital Programme allocates funding to projects that are directly related to the provision of sports facilities and are of a capital nature. This means that the project must involve

  • improving or building an asset; or
  • buying non-personal sports equipment that will be used for at least five years.

Funding can be allocated to the following organisations under the programme:

  • voluntary and community organisations, including sports clubs;
  • national governing bodies of sport and third level education institutions, where it is evident that the proposed facility will contribute to the regional
  • and/or national sporting infrastructure; and
  • in certain circumstances, primary and post-primary schools, VECs and local authorities

Applications for Sports Capital Funding have not been sought since 2008.

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar presented an overview of his priorities for 2012 which included the news that Minister Michael Ring is to award a new round of Sports Capital Grants to improve and repair local sports facilities, as part of the long-awaited return of Sports Capital funding.

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