Thursday, 17 October 2019

Questions (272)

Tony McLoughlin


272. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the sports capital programme 2020 or 2021 will allow professional football clubs to apply for regional level funding for the development of new stands at football stadiums; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42721/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) provides grants to assist in the development or refurbishment of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment. The programme is open to applications from sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport, and local authorities.  It should be noted that viewing stands are not usually covered under the SCP. The full terms and conditions of the Programme are available on the Department's website.  

The National Sports Policy which was published last year provided for the establishment of a new Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF).  The aim of the fund is to provide support for larger sports facilities (including sports stadia) where the Exchequer investment is greater than the maximum amount available under the SCP. The Government has provided a capital allocation of at least €100m for the period to 2027 for the LSSIF. The new scheme closed for applications on the 17th April with applications initially confined to local authorities and National Governing Bodies of sport. By the closing date, 72 applications were received. Details of all applications received have been published on the Department's website along with the evaluation procedures and guidelines.  Assessment work is underway and the first allocation are expected by the end of the year.  After allocations are made under the current round, a decision will be taken on the timing of the next call for applications.