Written answers

Thursday, 16 December 2021

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Sports Funding

Photo of Alan DillonAlan Dillon (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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293. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of organisations that were awarded equipment-only funding under the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme earlier in 2021; when they will be contacted in relation to drawing down funding; if an organisation (details supplied) can proceed and purchase equipment using its own resources; if not, if organisations should wait to make purchases until after the drawdown of their funding; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [62500/21]

Photo of Jack ChambersJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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The club referred to by the Deputy applied for funding for sports equipment under the 2020 round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme and was awarded a grant in August of this year. The letter of provisional allocation issued to all successful applicants, including the club in question, on 18 August and this correspondence set out the steps necessary to obtain formal approval and draw down the grant. I understand the club may not have been aware of this letter of provisional allocation due to a change in the relevant club contact point but it is a matter for relevant grantees to ensure that contact details on the Department's online application system are kept up to date.

My Department was recently approached by the new club contact and the previous correspondence with the club has been forwarded to the new contact address. Once the relevant documentation is received from the club there will be no undue delay from my Department's perspective in formally approving the grant and allowing the grant to be paid.


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