Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (956, 970)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

956. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the date on which the next round of applications for the sports capital programme will commence; the date on which the current round will cease granting to successful applicants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45293/19]

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John Curran

Question:

970. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when sports capital funding will be made available in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45390/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 956 and 970 together.

2,337 applications were submitted under the 2018 round of the Sports Capital Programme 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.

619 equipment only applications were assessed next and 466 allocations with a value of €9.8m were announced in May.

Work is now being finalised on the remaining applications for capital works and I expect the allocations to be announced shortly. As soon as these grants have been announced a review into the operation of the 2018 SCP will be undertaken. Part of the review will include consideration of timing of the next round but it is anticipated that the SCP will be open for applications again in the coming months.