Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Questions (278)

James Browne

Question:

278. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will liaise with the Minister for Education and Skills regarding the need to give schools the ability to apply for sports capital grant funding for a type of development (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47984/19]

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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.

Grants are available to sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport, and local authorities. Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and schools may also apply for funding jointly with sports clubs or organisations. In this regard, the Programme frequently funds sports halls and other facilities for schools.

The full terms and conditions of the latest round (2018) of the Programme are available on the Department's website at https://assets.gov.ie/19992/a4f41408c95c4e87b4b71dee1a43b6b6.pdf.

The final set of local grants under the 2018 round of the Programme were published on Friday 15th November. In advance of this latest round closing for applications, officials from my Department liaised with Officials from the Department of Education and Skills to ensure that the Programme was advertised to schools.