Thursday, 8 March 2018

Ceisteanna (490)

Niamh Smyth

Ceist:

490. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the capital funding options available to a club (details supplied); the time of year funding becomes available; if it should apply on its own or in conjunction with a school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11458/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is operated by my Department and provides grants to assist in the development or refurbishment of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment. The 2017 round of the SCP closed for applications on the 24th February. By the closing date, a record number of 2,320 applications seeking €155 million in grants were received. In November and December last, Minister Ross and I announced €60m in allocations to a record 1,800 projects under the 2017 round of the SCP.  The maximum grant available for local projects under the 2017 SCP was €150,000 and astro turf projects were covered under the scheme. The full terms and conditions of the SCP are available on my Department's website including details of who can apply and the requirements around making joint applications with schools.

My Department is currently undertaking a review of the 2017 round of the SCP with a view to making recommendations on how to improve the process for future calls. This work is also examining what is feasible in terms of the scale and timing of the next round. Once this review is complete, an announcement regarding the timing of the next round next round will be made.