Thursday, 5 February 2004

Ceisteanna (101)

Finian McGrath

Ceist:

101 Mr. F. McGrath asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if the maximum support to Clontarf yacht and boat club will be given in its application for equipment replacement for the ageing rescue fleet and junior sail training facilities; and if he will strongly support the valuable work of this club. [3552/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism)

The national lottery funded sports capital programme, which is administered by my Department, allocates funding to sporting and community organisations at local, regional and national level throughout the country. The programme is advertised on an annual basis. The 2004 sports capital programme was advertised in the national newspapers on 30 November and 1 December 2003. The closing date for receipt of applications was 16 January 2004. Some 1,300 applications were received before the closing date, including one from the organisation in question. All applications are currently being evaluated against the programme's assessment criteria, which are outlined in the guidelines, terms and conditions of the programme. I intend to announce the grant allocations for the programme as soon as possible after the assessment process has been completed.