Cllr Kieran McCarthy is calling on local sports clubs looking to improve their facilities to act now and get a share of a new €30m grants scheme from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. A total €30m is being made available under the Sports Capital Programme to develop sports infrastructure around the country. The grants cover a number of infrastructural improvements in sports clubs of all sizes and types across the country including natural and artificial sports pitches, tracks and courts, floodlighting, security fencing, dressing rooms, showers and toilets, sports halls and gyms and non-personal equipment such as lawn mowers and defibrillators.
Online applications can be made from 23 January to 24 February and sports clubs are being urged to get in early and apply for a share of the grants. Clubs not previously registered on the Department’s online application system need to do so and the process of how this can be done can be found on the Department’s Sports Capital Programme website www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie. A guide to making an application and a link to YouTube video instructions is also available on the website.
Cllr McCarthy noted: “The demand sports grants is very high with sporting clubs being ever-present in our communities. The Programme aims to create an integrated and planned approach to developing sport and recreation facilities and transform the sporting landscape of Ireland with improvements in the quality and quantity of sporting facilities in virtually every community, village, town and city in the country. The new €30 million programme provides an opportunity for further improvements and I would urge all organisations with a suitable project to consider making an application”.