Tuesday 11 December 2018
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€40M Announced for Sports Capital Programme 2018 – Cllr. John Paul O’Shea

€40M Announced for Sports Capital Programme 2018 – Cllr. John Paul O’Shea

The allocation of €40 million for this year’s Sports Capital Programme has been welcomed by Cllr. John Paul O’Shea who is a general election candidate for Fine Gael in the Cork North West constituency. The programme will be open for applications from this Friday 7th September until Friday 19th October, 2018. 
 
Welcoming the announcment, Cllr. O’ Shea said “The Sports Capital Programme is the main source of Government funding for the development of sports infrastructure.  I would encourage all clubs and organisations who are seeking to improve their facilities or purchase new equipment to ensure that they are registered at 
www.sportscapitalprogamme.ie”.

“Applications for the programme can only be made online which is why prior registration is essential.  The programme will open for applications at 9am from this Friday 7th September and will remain open until 5pm on Friday 19th October, 2018.   I would, however, recommend that any clubs or organisations interested in applying for funding begin preparing the paperwork as soon as possible”.

The Government recently launched their new National Sports Policy 2018 – 2027 which confirms our commitment to investing in sports facilities in the years ahead, via the Sports Capital Programme and other initiatives.  In addition to clubs and organisations, the Sports Capital Programme is also open to schools as long as any application is in conjunction with a sports club.  Priority is given to applications that promote the sharing of sports facilities with the wider community and to projects in disadvantaged areas.

Cllr. O’ Shea added “I am also pleased to see that further improvements have been made to the application process and terms and conditions of the programme this year following a review of the 2017 round of funding.  The aim is to minimise the number of invalid applications by making the process as simple and user-friendly as possible.  I would urge all applicants to consult the guides available on the website”.  

“The Sports Capital Programme represents excellent value for money as investment in sports and physical activity is good for the health of our communities.  Clubs in the North Cork area have been very successful in securing Sports Capital funding in recent years since the Fine Gael lead Government reinstated the programme in 2012″.

ENDS

Note to editors:
The Sports Capital Programme is the Government’s primary vehicle for supporting the development of sports facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment.  
 
The programme funds:
•          Natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts (including pitch drainage)
•          Floodlighting
•          Artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas
•          Security fencing, ball stop netting and goal posts
•          Hurling walls / handball alleys 
•          Building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets
•          Building or refurbishment of sports halls and gyms
•          Non-personal equipment including lawn mowers and defibrillators. 
•          Any other capital projects that are clearly sporting in nature and that will increase participation in sport or improve performance 
 
All allocations under the 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme, together with the review of the 2017 programme, are available on the Department’s website 
www.dttas.ie