Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (910)

Bobby Aylward

Question:

910. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of an application for a sports capital grant by a club (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44501/19]

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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.

2,337 applications were submitted under the 2018 round of the Sports Capital Programme seeking a total of €162m in funding.

The application referred to by the Deputy was for "equipment only" and these applications were assessed earlier this year. Unfortunately, the application did not achieve a sufficiently high score to secure a grant on this occasion and the club has been notified in this regard.

Grants in respect of the remaining capital applications are expected to be announced shortly after which a review into the operation of the 2018 SCP will be undertaken. Part of the review will be consideration of timing of the next round but I fully expect a new round of the SCP to be open in the coming months. It will again be open to the club referred to by the Deputy to apply for funding under this new round.