Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Questions (281)

Mattie McGrath


281. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reasons an application for funding under the sports capital grant could be made invalid; where these conditions are published; the way an application can be deemed invalid for reasons that they were not made aware of prior to submission of the application and for reasons that were not published with the application form; the appeals process available where an application is deemed invalid for unfair reasons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10451/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Under the 2012 Sports Capital Programme an application could have been deemed invalid for the following reasons:



Insufficient own funding

No evidence of freehold/leasehold/letter from landlord

No evidence of required amount of own funding

No evidence of planning application

No supporting documentation supplied

No quotations/estimates submitted

Insufficient sporting content

Amount sought unrealistically high and project cannot be broken down

School application not meeting requirements

Private/commercial club

No feasibility study (where required)

No evidence of non-discrimination

Work on project already started

Amount being sought over €300,000 for local project

All applicants who made an invalid application have received a letter indicating the reason(s) why their application was deemed invalid.

It is my view that applicants were given extensive information to complete the application form and provide the necessary supporting documentation to make a valid application. All of the reasons set out above relate in one way or another to conditions and guidelines where were given to all applicants.

As all of the €31m available for the 2012 programme has been allocated there is no appeals process under the Programme.

All valid applicants signed a statement stating that “I/we understand that decisions on allocations are final”.