Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (210)

Denis Naughten

Question:

290 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if he will approve a sports capital grant application for Boyle Celtic FC, Sligo Road, Boyle, County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6977/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism)

The national lottery funded sports capital programme, which is administered by my Department, allocates funding to sporting and community organisations at local, regional and national level throughout the country. The programme is advertised on an annual basis.

The 2004 sports capital programme was advertised in the national newspapers on 30 November and 1 December 2003. The closing date for receipt of applications was 16 January 2004. A total of 1,302 applications were received before the closing date, including one from the organisation in question. All applications are being evaluated against the programme's assessment criteria, which are outlined in the guidelines, terms and conditions of the programme. I intend to announce the grant allocations for the programme as soon as possible after the assessment process has been completed.