€40 million secured for new round of Sports Capital funding.

15th June, 2018

Some €40 million will be made available for the new 2018 Sports Capital Programme, a Fine Gael TD has said.
Vice Chair of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party and Carlow TD, Pat Deering, has received confirmation from Minister of State with responsibility for Sport Brendan Griffin, that formal sanction has been received from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in recent days to open a new round of the programme.
The Minister was replying to Parliamentary Questions in the Dáil this week.
Deputy Deering said: “This is excellent news. The sum of €40 million will be a great resource from which clubs all round Ireland can apply.
“The Sports Capital Programme supports clubs and organisations on the ground, and we very much look forward to getting that money into communities around the country in order that these organisations can improve their sporting infrastructure for everybody’s benefit.
“I have also raised concerns with Minister Ross and my Fine Gael colleague, Minister Brendan Griffin, about those clubs whose applications were deemed invalid in the last round. We need to amend the process of dealing with invalid applications.
Minister Ross informed me that a review of the 2017 round of the programme has now been finalised and published on the Department’s website (www.dttas.ie). This review highlights aspects of the 2017 round of the SCP that worked well but also suggests some further improvements which are being considered prior to the next round of the programme opening for applications.  It is proposed that all applicants who were invalid, or partially invalid, under the 2017 round of the programme will be allowed to correct their applications for the 2018 round without the need to submit a completely new application.
Deering added “This proposal would be welcome news as those invalid decisions were disappointing for clubs and volunteers who invested a great deal of time and effort in completing the applications.”
“We need a system whereby if a club’s application is deemed invalid, it is advised early in the application process and given a brief opportunity to rectify it at that stage.
The Minster also informed me that “Some of the other changes being introduced for the 2018 round require amendments to the Department’s online application system and work in this regard has now commenced”.
Formal sanction was received last week from the Minister from Public Expenditure and Reform to open the new round of the programme. Accordingly, I expect the announcement in relation to the timing of the next round in the coming weeks. All clubs and organisations registered on the Department’s online application system will be notified at that time.