Minister of State for Sport, Michael Ring, has announced the opening of the 2015 round of the Sports Capital Programme.
Minister Ring said: ‘When these grants are allocated later this year, this Government will have committed almost €130 million for the development of vital sports infrastructure across the country. This is testament to the Government’s belief in the value and power of sport to strengthen communities and gives people greater opportunities to engage in sport.
“The provision of an additional €40 million under this new round is key to facilitating participation in sport among local communities. With 90% of grantees telling us that the facilities we have funded helped them increase the numbers involved in sport, the value of the Programme can be in no doubt.
“The Programme, which is open from today, will facilitate successful applicants in carrying out essential works on pitches and facilities such as clubhouses and dressing rooms. It will also provide for the purchase of new equipment which will help people to play their chosen sport to the best of their ability, increasing the chances of them reaching their full potential. This further reinforces the positive impact that sport has on communities from a physical and a social perspective.
“The record number of applications received under the last two rounds of the Programme is testament to its value and the continuing need for improved facilities in every corner of the country. I would encourage all those who are interested to ensure that they are registered on the online system before 5pm on Friday, 10th April 2015 (if not already registered) and to get their applications in online at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie before 5pm on Friday, 24th April 2015.”
A fund of €40 million is available for development of sports facilities and the purchasing of sports equipment.
Applications are now sought from sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities. Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports clubs.
Applications can only be made online at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie
The closing date for submitting applications is 5pm on Friday April 24th 2015.
The 2015 guide to filling out the online application form, including the terms and conditions pertaining to applications, may be downloaded from www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie