Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Ceisteanna (243, 246)

Mary Butler

Ceist:

243. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of clubs and organisations in Waterford city and county that were unsuccessful in their application for funding under the sports capital grant scheme; the number that failed to meet the criteria; the main reason unsuccessful applicants in Waterford city and county were declined; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49242/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Mary Butler

Ceist:

246. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of applications received under the sports capital grant programme for 2019 from clubs and organisations in Waterford city and county; the amount applied for by such clubs and organisations; the amount approved and declined, respectively, for such clubs and organisations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49245/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 243 and 246 together.

Details of all applications submitted under the latest round (2018) of the Sports Capital Programme are listed on a county basis on my Department's website at https://assets.gov.ie/20000/ececa538f64a48e3ab4540515da4cf95.pdf. 

Similarly, details of all allocations under the programme are also published on the Department's website at https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/471ed5-sports-capital-allocations/

In relation to the latest allocations under the Programme which were announced earlier this month, the bottom 25% by score in each county did not receive a grant offer.

For the first time under this latest round, all applicants were given a chance to correct their application during the assessment period. This helped ensure that the level of invalid applications was reduced to 9% which was significantly lower than any previous round of the Programme. The main reason for invalid applications was applicants failing to provide evidence of ownership of the property/land they proposed to develop.

In relation to the latest allocations, my Department will shortly be in contact with all applicants with full details of the outcome of the assessment process. All unsuccessful applicants will be invited to appeal the Department's decision if they believe that their application was not correctly assessed according to the published assessment manual.