Written answers

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Sports Capital Programme

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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551. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the sports capital programme grants process for 2016 will be initiated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36360/16]

Photo of Patrick O'DonovanPatrick O'Donovan (Limerick County, Fine Gael)
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The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is the Government's primary vehicle to support the development of sports facilities and the purchase of sports equipment. The most recent rounds of the programme were in 2012, 2014 and 2015.  There will be no round of allocations in 2016.

Following the conclusion of the 2017 Estimates discussions, a total of €52m has been provided for sports capital projects. This will meet all existing commitments under previous rounds of the Sports Capital and Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme, and also allow for a new round of the of the Sports Capital Programme. In this regard, the new round will be open for applications by January. Based on previous rounds of the programme, the assessment process takes a number of months to complete so I expect that actual grant allocations will be made some time during Summer 2017. We will be announcing more comprehensive details of the new round shortly.


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