By Eoin Ryan
The Minister Sport Catherine Martin, Minister of State for Sport, Jack Chambers, today announced the additional funds after the appeals process for the 2020 under the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme concluded.
€143.86 million was allocated to 1,865 different projects and up to 146 appeals were submitted by 4th April 2020 for sports funds and announced on 11th February 2022. This represented the highest level of allocation ever made under the SCEP.
“To achieve our aims of having as many people participate in sport as possible, we need the required pitches, dressing rooms, floodlights and so on, and the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme is essential in delivering these facilities,” Minister Catherine Martin said.
By the submission deadline, 1st March 2021, over 3,100 applications were submitted seeking a total of €200 million in funding. This was the highest number of applications ever received for the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme.
The Sports Capital and Equipment Programme is the primary source of government funding for the development of sports and recreational facilities and for clubs and sports groups to purchase sports equipment throughout the country. Over 13,000 projects have been granted sports capital funding since the start of the programme in 1998, with the total allocation of funds being over €1.15 billion.