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Sports Capital Grants Announced Today - Record Amount

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More than 1,900 clubs and schools have received funding across 35 sports in a major Government allocation worth €150m which was announced Friday.

The record funding allocation was secured following negotiations between Minister with responsibility for Sport Jack Chambers and Michael McGrath, Public Expenditure Minister.

It is the country's largest ever Sports Capital & Equipment Programme distribution.

The assessment process for grant provision was adjusted for this year's programme with greater marks awarded to projects which would increase female participation, as well as increasing participation for people with disabilities. There was also greater emphasis placed this year on applications which were serving lower socio-economic areas and areas of underdevelopment.

The €150m will cater for clubs, schools, community groups, associations and sports bodies all over the country to develop sports facilities and purchase sports equipment.

All applications were assessed by the Department of Sport officials and considered under a range of criteria and then scored accordingly

Due to the amount of funding secured for this round of funding, all eligible applications have received an allocation - with the highest scoring applications receiving the largest allocations. Many applications received the full amount sought. Some applications were deemed ineligible or invalid following their assessment.

However, in a further change to the programme this year, these applicants will have one final chance to amend their application so may still receive some funding. Several million euro has been set aside for this purpose.

Under the Sports Capital Programme over 13,000 projects have now benefited from sports capital funding since 1998, bringing the total allocations in that time to over €1billion.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin described it as "a great day for sport".

"It has been a tough two years for many sports clubs but the pandemic really demonstrated the importance of sport for our collective wellbeing.

"The grants we are announcing today will significantly improve sports facilities in every county. There is a huge variety of different sports covered and I was particularly pleased that the scoring system placed an even greater emphasis on female participation," Minister Martin added.

"Over 30 sports and activities are represented, ranging from competitive, track and field games right through to walking

Lot of GAA clubs got grants.
great to see.

KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 2729 - 11/02/2022 16:07:30    2399850

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Replying To KillingFields:  "More than 1,900 clubs and schools have received funding across 35 sports in a major Government allocation worth €150m which was announced Friday.

The record funding allocation was secured following negotiations between Minister with responsibility for Sport Jack Chambers and Michael McGrath, Public Expenditure Minister.

It is the country's largest ever Sports Capital & Equipment Programme distribution.

The assessment process for grant provision was adjusted for this year's programme with greater marks awarded to projects which would increase female participation, as well as increasing participation for people with disabilities. There was also greater emphasis placed this year on applications which were serving lower socio-economic areas and areas of underdevelopment.

The €150m will cater for clubs, schools, community groups, associations and sports bodies all over the country to develop sports facilities and purchase sports equipment.

All applications were assessed by the Department of Sport officials and considered under a range of criteria and then scored accordingly

Due to the amount of funding secured for this round of funding, all eligible applications have received an allocation - with the highest scoring applications receiving the largest allocations. Many applications received the full amount sought. Some applications were deemed ineligible or invalid following their assessment.

However, in a further change to the programme this year, these applicants will have one final chance to amend their application so may still receive some funding. Several million euro has been set aside for this purpose.

Under the Sports Capital Programme over 13,000 projects have now benefited from sports capital funding since 1998, bringing the total allocations in that time to over €1billion.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin described it as "a great day for sport".

"It has been a tough two years for many sports clubs but the pandemic really demonstrated the importance of sport for our collective wellbeing.

"The grants we are announcing today will significantly improve sports facilities in every county. There is a huge variety of different sports covered and I was particularly pleased that the scoring system placed an even greater emphasis on female participation," Minister Martin added.

"Over 30 sports and activities are represented, ranging from competitive, track and field games right through to walking

Lot of GAA clubs got grants.
great to see."
Ours did too. Much needed!

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 5535 - 11/02/2022 17:46:03    2399864

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Replying To KillingFields:  "More than 1,900 clubs and schools have received funding across 35 sports in a major Government allocation worth €150m which was announced Friday.

The record funding allocation was secured following negotiations between Minister with responsibility for Sport Jack Chambers and Michael McGrath, Public Expenditure Minister.

It is the country's largest ever Sports Capital & Equipment Programme distribution.

The assessment process for grant provision was adjusted for this year's programme with greater marks awarded to projects which would increase female participation, as well as increasing participation for people with disabilities. There was also greater emphasis placed this year on applications which were serving lower socio-economic areas and areas of underdevelopment.

The €150m will cater for clubs, schools, community groups, associations and sports bodies all over the country to develop sports facilities and purchase sports equipment.

All applications were assessed by the Department of Sport officials and considered under a range of criteria and then scored accordingly

Due to the amount of funding secured for this round of funding, all eligible applications have received an allocation - with the highest scoring applications receiving the largest allocations. Many applications received the full amount sought. Some applications were deemed ineligible or invalid following their assessment.

However, in a further change to the programme this year, these applicants will have one final chance to amend their application so may still receive some funding. Several million euro has been set aside for this purpose.

Under the Sports Capital Programme over 13,000 projects have now benefited from sports capital funding since 1998, bringing the total allocations in that time to over €1billion.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin described it as "a great day for sport".

"It has been a tough two years for many sports clubs but the pandemic really demonstrated the importance of sport for our collective wellbeing.

"The grants we are announcing today will significantly improve sports facilities in every county. There is a huge variety of different sports covered and I was particularly pleased that the scoring system placed an even greater emphasis on female participation," Minister Martin added.

"Over 30 sports and activities are represented, ranging from competitive, track and field games right through to walking

Lot of GAA clubs got grants.
great to see."
One hand giveth, the other taketh away

kentuckytucky (USA) - Posts: 207 - 11/02/2022 18:37:21    2399868

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Replying To kentuckytucky:  "One hand giveth, the other taketh away"
what you talking about?

KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 2729 - 12/02/2022 11:33:54    2399899

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Replying To KillingFields:  "what you talking about?"
: D

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 5535 - 12/02/2022 12:00:34    2399903

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Replying To Viking66:  ": D"
what you talking about?

KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 2729 - 12/02/2022 15:18:38    2399924

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Replying To KillingFields:  "what you talking about?"
That's laughing at you and him: D

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 5535 - 12/02/2022 15:23:45    2399925

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We must be back in the Celtic Tiger times again. Heard reps of 2 of the biggest recipients interviewed on radio., one in Gweedore and the other in Cork. I think the Gweedore club was an athletics club and the Cork club was a GAA club that caters exclusively for gaelic football. Both clubs received grants in the region of 300k euro. Both reps were honest enough to admit they weren't expecting anything near the windfall they received. The Cork rep said that he expected they'd receive a few thousand only. When sporting organisations are getting more than they are expecting it must mean that poverty has been eliminated and that we are all rich again.

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1687 - 12/02/2022 17:11:19    2399947

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I really don't understand why a well funded university and a professional soccer club which already has a free stadium and is benefitting from a deal with a property developer are getting a joint sum of 300k!

BarneyGrant (Dublin) - Posts: 659 - 12/02/2022 21:00:24    2400000

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Replying To Viking66:  "That's laughing at you and him: D"
What you laughing at though?

KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 2729 - 13/02/2022 16:14:52    2400122

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Replying To PoolSturgeon:  "We must be back in the Celtic Tiger times again. Heard reps of 2 of the biggest recipients interviewed on radio., one in Gweedore and the other in Cork. I think the Gweedore club was an athletics club and the Cork club was a GAA club that caters exclusively for gaelic football. Both clubs received grants in the region of 300k euro. Both reps were honest enough to admit they weren't expecting anything near the windfall they received. The Cork rep said that he expected they'd receive a few thousand only. When sporting organisations are getting more than they are expecting it must mean that poverty has been eliminated and that we are all rich again."
There was more money than the department thought and its been a few years since the last allocation of capital grants.
Clubs put in for a lot within the grants and the staff in the sports capital grants can remove parts of what they look for depending on loads of criteria which is all freely available on sports capital website.

KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 2729 - 13/02/2022 16:17:37    2400126

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Replying To KillingFields:  "What you laughing at though?"
Your answer to his "point"

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 5535 - 13/02/2022 17:20:27    2400142

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Replying To Viking66:  "Your answer to his "point""
what was point of one hand giveth one hand take away or whatever you said.
care to expand further on that?
Why post that? What other thoughts on Sports capital grants do you have?

KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 2729 - 13/02/2022 18:45:14    2400168

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