Tuesday, 15 June 2021
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Covid-19 Pandemic Supports
454. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of clubs that availed of the Covid-19 small club grant; the amount of funds drawn down as a part of this grant programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30565/21]
A total Covid-19 funding package of €88.5 million was provided last year to support the sport sector. This significant investment benefited all levels of the sport sector, including thousands of grassroots clubs across the country, and provided some certainty for sporting organisations in their planning for 2021.
The funding package included support for the three main field sports organisations (the FAI, GAA and IRFU), a Resilience Fund to support the National Governing Bodies of Sport, a Sports Club Resilience Fund to support clubs, and a Sports Restart and Renewal Fund.
In addition to funding of almost €17m allocated to National Governing Bodies of Sport under the Sports Club Resilience Fund to enable them to support their affiliated clubs, funding of €1.9 million was provided to 1,637 clubs throughout the country as part of small grant schemes operated by Local Sports Partnerships. This small grants scheme fund was developed to support clubs which may not have the finances to implement Covid-19 related hygiene and social distancing protocols.
455. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the financial supports that were availed of in 2019 by organisers of underage sport summer camps; the financial support in relation to same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30566/21]
Sport Ireland, which is funded by my Department, is the statutory body with responsibility for the development of sport, increasing participation at all levels and raising standards. This includes the allocation of funding to sporting organisations across a variety of funding schemes.
I have referred the Deputy's question to Sport Ireland for direct reply in relation to financial supports for sport summer camps. I would ask the Deputy to inform my office if a reply is not received within 10 working days.