Written answers

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Sports Capital Programme

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the way the successful sports capital grant projects were selected; if he will provide the details of the procedures that were used in selecting successful projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57540/12]

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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All applications received under the 2012 Sports Capital Programme were first checked to ensure eligibility and then eligible applications were initially assessed against the following criteria (the final 4 criteria only apply to regional and national projects):  

Selection Criteria
Increase in the levels of active participation/ improved standards of sporting performance, especially among women and older citizens
Level of socioeconomic disadvantage in the area
Technical merits of the project
Financial viability of project
Level of own funding available
Extent to which applicant will be able to maintain project after completion
Current and planned levels of sport and/or recreational sport facilities in the area
Current or proposed sharing of facilities with other sporting groups or schools
Level of SCP (or other Government) funding received in the past
Strategies to be used to attract people from disadvantaged areas
Priority of proposed improvements/ facility in relation to existing facilities
Priorities as identified by the NGB (national/regional projects only)
Priority as identified by the Irish Sports Council (NGB and third level only)
Location of facility within the network of national, regional and municipal facilities (non-local projects only)
Linkages with Local Authorities Swimming Pools Programme (municipal multi-sport only)

In deciding the final allocations of funding to local projects within each county Minister Varadkar and I had regard to a number of additional factors, including: - the performance of each application during the assessment process;

- ensuring a geographic spread of projects within each county;

- ensuring an appropriate spread of projects between rural and urban areas within each county; and

- ensuring that there is a spread of projects among different sports.


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