Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (808)

Paul Kehoe


808. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if there is an appeals process for clubs that were unsuccessful in the sports capital equipment funding round announced in May 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23670/19]

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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.

Thereafter, 619 "equipment only" applications were assessed and 466 allocations with a value of €9.8m were announced to these organisations in May.

The unsuccessful equipment only applications are now being invited to appeal the Department's decision if they feel the Department made a mistake in either ruling their application invalid or in not awarding their application a sufficiently high score to obtain a grant. Unsuccessful applicants will have 2 weeks to lodge appeals. Officials in my Department will consider these appeals and make final decisions as quickly as possible.