Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (304)

Chris Andrews


304. Deputy Chris Andrews asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media the breakdown of funding provided through the sports club resilience fund; and the amount of funding that went unallocated; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37881/20]

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Written answers (Question to Tourism)

The allocations made by Sport Ireland under the Covid-19 grant funding schemes, including allocations made under the Club Resilience Fund, were announced on 2 November. A breakdown of the amounts allocated under each of the schemes is available on the Sport Ireland website at the following link: https://www.sportireland.ie/news/eu85-million-provides-timely-boost-to-irish-sport-sector.

I am informed by Sport Ireland that an amount of up to €15 million was available under the Club Resilience Fund. Sport Ireland was in a position to meet the requests submitted by National Governing Bodies for their club networks, which amounted to €9.7 million. This allowed an additional €5 million to be invested in the GAA, IRFU and FAI club networks.

Out of the overall Covid-19 funding package of €70m that was available to protect the national sports system in Ireland, over €64 million of funding has been allocated to National Governing Bodies, Local Sports Partnerships and other funded bodies across four key schemes. Recognising the continually changing landscape, an Emergency Fund to the value of €5.8 million has been ring-fenced to offset losses incurred by sports organisations during the current Level 5 restrictions and the remaining period of 2020.