Thursday, 16 February 2012
Sports Capital Programme
Question 11: To ask the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport the date in early 2012 on which a new round of the sports capital programme will be launched; the amount of funding available for same; the way local sporting organisations should apply for such funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8600/12]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 11 and 29 together.
I have already replied on this matter. I recently announced that I will be advertising two new rounds of the sports capital programme between now and 2016. I am currently making the necessary arrangements with a view to launching the first round in the coming weeks. The advertisement of the new round and the amount to be allocated will be decided in consultation with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.
In 2011, there was €55.5 million outstanding. In 2008, this figure was €191 million. We have made great progress on the basis that a number of clubs and organisations are not drawing down funding simply because it would be very difficult in the current climate to obtain matching funding for their projects, which were conceived at the time of the Celtic tiger and were, therefore, expensive. We are pleased with the outstanding figure. The new round will be open in the next few weeks.