Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Sports Capital Programme Data

Darren O'Rourke (Meath East, Sinn Fein)
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1071. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the budget allocation for the sports capital programme in each of the years 2016 to 2020 in tabular form; the value of applications received in each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6761/20]

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael)
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The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) 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.

During the period 2016 - 2020 there were 2 advertised rounds of the SCP (in 2017 and 2018).  The 2018 round of the SCP 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. A full review of the 2018 round of the SCP is now underway and a decision on the timing of the next round of the programme will be taken when this is complete.

In relation to budget allocations, as it can take grantees several years to draw down their grants the money available in the sub-head each year is primarily used to pay grants that were allocated in previous years.

The specific information sought by the Deputy is set out in the following table.

Year Sub-head budget Value of Applications received
2016 €42m No new round of the SCP open for applications
2017 €47m €155m
2018 €49m €162m
2019 €45m No new round of the SCP open for applications
2020 €40m New round of the SCP expected to open later this year.

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