Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Questions (243)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

243. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of applicants from County Galway to the sports capital programme in each of the past three years; the success ratio of applicants from the county versus the national average; the amount of funding sought from applicants from the county; the amount of funding awarded during this period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25737/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Details of all applications and allocations under the Sports Capital Programme (SCP) are published on the Department's website at

http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sports-capital-programme

In the period referred to by the Deputy there were rounds of the SCP in 2017 and in 2018. In relation to the 2018 SCP, the application period closed on 19 October 2018. 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 in May. Details of all of these allocations are also available on the Department's website. Work is now underway in assessing the remaining applications for capital works but until this work is complete it is not possible to provide the success ratio of applicants from County Galway versus the national average. I expect that it will be September before the full set of allocations under this current round of the programme are announced.

For the 2017 round of the SCP, all valid local applications were awarded a grant including every valid local application from Galway. Full details of all applications and allocations for Galway are available on the Department's website. The precise methodology used to calculate these grants is set out in the review of the 2017 SCP which is available at:

http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/publications/sport/english/sports-capital-programme-2017-review/review-2017-sports-capital-programme.pdf