Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (787)

Paul Kehoe


787. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason a club (details supplied) was unsuccessful in its application for funding under the sports capital programme 2018 for equipment and machinery; if there is an appeals process in respect of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23180/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The 2018 round of the Sports Capital Programme closed for applications on Friday 19th October last. By that deadline, a record 2,337 applications were submitted seeking a total of €162m in funding.

186 of these applications were for projects that were deemed invalid under the 2017 round of the programme that subsequently submitted corrected documents. These applications were assessed first and approximately €7m in allocations to 170 projects were announced on the 17th January.

619 "equipment only" applications were assessed next and 466 allocations with a total value of €9.8m were announced to these organisations on the 20th May.

Work is now underway in assessing the remaining applications for capital works. I can confirm that the organisation referred to by the Deputy has submitted an application for capital works, and sports equipment, and is being assessed along with the remaining applications.

For the first time applicants who submitted incorrect documentation under this round are being given the opportunity to correct their application during the assessment period. While there will be no undue delay in completing the assessment process, in view of the opportunity to correct documentation, the record number of applications received and the detailed information contained in each application, it is likely to take a number of months to have all applications assessed. Accordingly, I expect that it may be the third quarter of this year before the full set of allocations under this current round of the programme are announced.