Written answers

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Department of Rural and Community Development

Sports Funding

Photo of Claire KerraneClaire Kerrane (Roscommon-Galway, Sinn Fein)
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751. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development if financial supports are available to a not-for-profit community sports club (details supplied) to assist with running costs such as rent; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [57500/21]

Photo of Joe O'BrienJoe O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Green Party)
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A new €9m fund - the Community Activities Fund, was launched by my Department in November 2021 and continues into 2022 to support community groups impacted by COVID-19.

This fund will support groups, particularly in disadvantaged areas, with their running/operating costs such as utility or insurance bills, as well as with improvements to their facilities. Groups will also be able to use the funding to carry out necessary repairs and maintenance as well as refurbishment work or purchase equipment.

The fund is administered in the same way as the Community Enhancement Programme, grant applications are assessed in each local authority area by the Local Community Development Committees. I would encourage the club (details supplied) to engage with the LCDC and Local Authority in their area for further details.


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