Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Sports Capital Programme Applications
541. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if an application by a school (details supplied) will be reviewed; when a decision will be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9279/19]
The 2018 round of the Sports Capital Programme opened for applications on Friday 7 September and the application period closed on Friday 19th October. By that deadline, a record 2,337 applications were submitted seeking a total of €162m in funding.
One hundred and eighty-six of these applications were for projects that were deemed invalid under the 2017 round of the programme that subsequently submitted corrected documents. These applications were assessed first and approximately €7m in allocations to 170 projects were announced on the 17th January.
In terms of new applications, I can confirm that an application has been submitted by the organisation referred to by the Deputy.
For the first time, applicants who have submitted incorrect documentation under this round will be given the opportunity to correct their application during the assessment period. While there will be no undue delay in completing the assessment process, in view of the opportunity to correct documentation, the record number of applications received and the detailed information contained in each application, it is likely to take a number of months to have all applications assessed. Accordingly, I expect that it will be at least the third quarter of this year before the full set of allocations under this current round of the programme are announced.