Thursday, 3 October 2019

Questions (305)

Seán Crowe

Question:

305. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to develop a special stream of funding for sports clubs that want to install disabled access to their facilities. [40282/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is the primary vehicle for Government support for the development of sports and physical recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment throughout the country.  

The guide to making an application under the SCP is available on the Department's website and specifically states that projects to improve disability access are eligible for funding under the programme.  It is also a requirement that all projects funded by the SCP must be accessible to people with disabilities.  At assessment stage extra marks are awarded to projects that are specifically targeted at increasing participation among people with disabilities or with mental health issues.

In light of the prominence already given to accessibility in the SCP, I have no plans at present to introduce a special stream of funding specifically for disabled access projects.