Written answers

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Sports Capital Programme Data

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
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244. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the detail of the resource allocation model for the allocation of funds under the sports capital programme at the last round; and if he will provide a link to the place, the model and criteria, as published in detail. [40436/16]

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 for supporting the development of sports facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment.  While the terms and conditions of the SCP are subject to change from time to time, for applications received under the 2015 SCP, a multi stage assessment process was used to assess applications.

Firstly all applications received were assessed by officials in the Department.  Every application was assessed by one official and reviewed by another official.  Applications were first checked to ensure eligibility and eligible applications were then initially scored by officials against criteria designed to give higher scores to applications that: (i) would increase participation including by the sharing of facilities; (ii) were from designated disadvantaged areas; (iii) had not received substantial funding in the past and (iv) were in a position to be progressed quickly.

In deciding the final allocations of funding to projects within each county, regard was paid to a number of factors, including:

- The score obtained by each application in the assessment process

- Ensuring a geographical 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

For the 2012, 2014 and 2015 rounds of the Programme it was decided that counties that had fared less well under previous rounds of the programme would receive more money per capita than counties that had previously received more than their per capita share. Details of allocations under these previous rounds of the Programme are available on 

A new round of the of the Sports Capital Programme will be open for applications by January at the latest and we will be announcing more comprehensive details of the new round shortly.


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