Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (104, 105, 106)

Willie Penrose

Question:

99 Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if he received an application under the capital sports scheme from a club (details supplied); if he will ensure that same is considered in view of the important facilities that are being provided to the pupils of the adjacent school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7300/04]

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

The national lottery funded sports capital programme is administered by my Department. Funds are allocated to sporting and community organisations at local, regional and national level. The programme is advertised on an annualbasis.

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. All applications are currently being evaluated against the programme's assessment criteria, that were outlined in its guidelines, terms and conditions. I intend to announce the grant allocations for the programme as soon as possible after the assessment process has been completed.

Gerard Murphy

Question:

100 Mr. Murphy asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if he will make a statement on the sports capital grants applications; when a decision will be made regarding the applications received; if a grant is being considered in the case of an application (details supplied); and if this application satisfied all required criteria. [7345/04]

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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.

There is no record of an application from a club of the name supplied by the Deputy. However, there is an application from a club named Cumann Iománaíochta Cloch Dhubh, which may be the club to which the Deputy refers.

All applications received prior to the deadline are currently 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. I do not propose to provide details of individual applicants until the assessment process has been completed and allocations have been made.

John Perry

Question:

101 Mr. Perry asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the funding which has been allocated to a playing ground (details supplied) under the sports capital programme 2000, 2001 and 2002; if there are outstanding payments due; if a current application is on file; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7417/04]

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The project in question has been allocated a total of €95,711 in funding under the national-lottery funded sports capital programme, which is administered by my Department, through the following allocations: €45,711 in 2000; €30,000 in 2002; and €20,000 in 2003.

To date, 95% of the 2000 grant has been paid, the remaining 5% being retained in accordance with standard practice pending the receipt of certification of completion of the defects liability period of the project. None of the funding provisionally allocated to the project under the 2002 and 2003 programmes has yet been drawn down.

All grants allocated are subject to the terms and conditions of the programme, one of which is a requirement to execute a deed of covenant and charge where a grant or an accumulation of grants exceeds €80,000, which they do in this case. The deed of covenant and charge provides,inter alia, for a refund of grants in the event of the facility not continuing to be used for the purpose for which the grant was allocated. It is invoked by my Department’s legal advisers, the Chief State Solicitor’s office, CSSO. Payment of the grants due can only proceed when the deed of covenant and charge is in place. I understand that progress is being made by the club with the CSSO in this matter.

An application has also been submitted for the project under the 2004 sports capital programme. All applications under the programme are currently 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.