The PPUI welcomes the confirmation yesterday of details surrounding the 2018 Sports capital Programme.
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D., yesterday announced that €40 million is being made available under a new round of the Sports Capital Programme (SCP). The SCP is the Government’s primary vehicle for providing support to sports clubs and communities to develop sports infrastructure around the country. Applications can only be made online from 9am on Friday 7th September until 5pm on Friday 19th October, 2018.
Minister Ross stated “This is further excellent news following a superb summer of Irish sporting achievements. Recently we launched our new National Sports Policy 2018 – 2027 which confirmed our commitment to invest in sports facilities in the years ahead”.
The Minister of State, Brendan Griffin highlighted the changes to the terms of the new programme. “While the Sports Capital Programme is already hugely popular with sports clubs across so many different sporting disciplines, we are determined to make the application process as simple and user-friendly as possible. We undertook a detailed review of the 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme and the recommendations arising have been fully factored in to the new terms and conditions of the 2018 scheme. In particular, we are introducing some significant changes in our assessment methodology to ensure that we minimise the number of invalid applications. We will also give even greater priority to applications from disadvantaged areas and projects that promote the sharing of sports facilities with other clubs and the wider community.”
All applicants must be registered on the Department’s online system and the Ministers encouraged any clubs which are not already registered to do so now. The guide to making an application was also published on the Department’s website today on WWW.SPORTSCAPITALPROGRAMME.IE. Once registered, all applications must be made on the same website. The system will be open for applications from 9am on Friday 7th September to 5pm on Friday 19th October 2018.
In the 2017 Sports Capital Programme 24 PPUI clubs received almost €300,000 with grants ranging from €2,800 to €30,000. The PPUI encourage all clubs who wish to make an application to ensure that their club is registered on the website and immediately begin the process of applying. Please contact PPUI Development Manager, Paul Hayes if you would like more information in relation to the Sprits Capital Programme.
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)
- 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
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