Meath sports grants for 2022 were announced this month allocating funds to 84 sports clubs across the county.
Out of this, €3.1m was granted to 27 sports clubs in the Meath East area.
Ratoath GAA Club, and Ashbourne Rugby Football Club earned €150,000 each to develop a new pitch for club games and to construct a community walking and running track respectively.
Damien O’Reilly: “This is a fantastic day for sports clubs and community groups across the country many who have been severely impacted by the pandemic.”
“Thanks to all club volunteers who spent weeks and months filling in these very complex applications forms.”
Minister for Sport Jack Chambers announced that 1,865 individual grants were accepted across the country. €144 million has been allocated nationwide with €6m kept in reserve for successful appeals lodged by unsuccessful applicants.
A slightly larger package of €150 million of sports grants was handed out last year largely to keep clubs afloat during restrictions.
TD Damien English said in a Facebook post that “I really look forward now to seeing the projects begin and its well deserved to all the clubs management & boards on submitting their applications for this round of funding.”
“In every village and town whether your club hosts GAA, Athletics, Boxing, Soccer, Tennis, Rugby, Hockey etc. these clubs provide a real link in the community and are so important for young & old,” English continued.
“Sport is in our blood in Meath…”
36 clubs/groups are also being granted €568,246 from the Sports Capital Equipment only grant scheme announced in 2021.
Unsuccessful applicants have an opportunity to appeal the department’s decision and information on the appeal process will be issued to to these clubs and grou in the coming weeks.
“Sport is in our blood in Meath and I’m delighted to see that so many clubs have been rewarded with record investment to allow them upgrade their facilities,” Senator Shane Cassels said. “This is all about looking after grassroots sport and making sure the next generation have proper facilities to play in.”