Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Sports Capital Programme

Photo of Seán SherlockSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour)
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1036. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the next round of sports capital allocations will be opened. [6576/20]

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael)
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The Sports Capital Programme is the primary vehicle for Government support for the development of sports and physical recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment throughout the country.

The most recent (2018) round of the Sports Capital Programme attracted a record 2,337 applications. Allocations were announced in January, May and November of last year with a total of over €56 million awarded to 1,648 different projects.

All unsuccessful applicants were given the opportunity to appeal the Department’s decision. In relation to the capital grants announced in November, a total of 122 appeals were submitted by the December deadline.  The review of these appeals was completed last month with 6 new allocations approved. 

Now that the appeals process is finalised, a full review of the 2018 round of the SCP is being undertaken. A decision on the timing of the next round of the programme will be taken when this is complete.

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