0 Minister Ring secures further €40m in Sports Capital funding

Minister Ring secures further €40m in Sports Capital funding

Tuesday 10 March 2015

3rd round of funding under FG/Labour Govt will provide for improved facilities and equipment for sporting organisations across the country

Minister of State for Sport, Michael Ring, has today (Tuesday) announced the opening of the 2015 round of the Sports Capital Programme.

Speaking today, 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.

"This is the third round of Sports Capital funding that has been made available under this Government, following years of neglect in this area by the previous administration. 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 (link is external) before 5pm on Friday, 24th April 2015."

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For 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 sports equipment including lawn mowers and defibrillators. Anything set in the ground (such as goal posts) is not considered equipment.
Any other capital projects that are clearly sporting in nature and that will increase participation in sport or improve performance.
The Department has written a guide to making an application and has prepared YouTube videos to supplement the guide. See www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie

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