€30 million available for new round of Sport Capital Grants

THE Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, wishes to remind all sports bodies in Cork that the new round of the Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is now open for applications.

“In this new round of the Sports Capital Programme there is a total of €30 million in funding available for sports infrastructure throughout the country. Investing in sport is good for the health of the nation, both literally and economically, and the SCP provides Government funding to sports and community organisations at local, regional and national level.

“I would like to remind local clubs that the closing date for registration is the 10th of February, and the subsequent closing date for the applications is the 24th of February. Online applications can be submitted on www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie, and the site also provides links to a full guide and instructional video.

“I would encourage any club who requires assistance with the application process to get in touch with me. Additionally there are workshops available throughout the country; in Cork there is a meeting at the Cork Constitution FC, Churchyard Lane, on Friday 10th February running from 7-9pm. To book places visit the Eventbrite website at www.eventbrite.ie/e/2017-sports-capital-programme-workshop-cork-tickets-31225133214.

“The SCP was re-instated by the last Fine Gael government in 2012 and is an excellent value for money investment. It is crucial we invest in sport and the health of our population, particularly with obesity is on the rise.

“The Programme funds natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts (including pitch drainage), floodlighting, hurling walls and handball alleys, the building or refurbishment of sports halls and gyms, as well as other capital projects that are clearly sporting in nature which will increase participation and/or performance in sport. This also applies to schools who wish to make a joint application with a sports club.

“Under the new round, the maximum grants provided will be €150,000 for local projects and €200,000 for regional or national projects. All applicants must be able to show that they can raise at least 5% of the total project cost from their own resources.

“Fine Gael in Government is using our economic progress to invest in communities around Ireland and ensure that everyone can benefit. Sport is just one important element of this, which is being supporting through the development of sports facilities and the purchase of sports equipment through the excellent Sports Capital Programme.