Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235)

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

306 Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if he will confirm that his Department has received an application for grant aid under the sports facility programme from an organisation (details supplied); the steps he will take to ensure that this group will be considered for such grant aid; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3945/04]

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Willie Penrose

Ceist:

307 Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if he will confirm that his Department has received an application for grant assistance under the sports facility programme from an organisation (details supplied); the steps he will take to ensure that it is considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3946/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

308 Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if he will confirm that his Department has received an application for grant assistance under the sports facility programme from an organisation (details supplied); the steps he will take to ensure that it is considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3947/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

309 Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if he will confirm that his Department has received an application for grant assistance under the sports facility programme from an organisation (details supplied); the steps he will take to ensure that it is considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3948/04]

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

I propose to take Questions Nos. 306 to 309, inclusive, together.

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. A total of 1,302 applications were received before the closing date, including one from each of the organisations 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.

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

310 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the grants available for community halls which have sporting and youth facilities. [3954/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

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. It is the only programme in my Department which provides funding towards community halls which incorporate sporting and youth facilities.

Jack Wall

Ceist:

311 Mr. Wall asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the number of applications for the capital sports grants (lottery funding) for 2004; the way this number compares to the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3968/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

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.

The number of applications to the programme for the years requested by the Deputy are as follows:

Year

No. of Applications

2004

1,302

2003

1,337

2002

1,364

2001

1,467

The applications received under the 2004 programme are currently being evaluated against its 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.