Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Ceisteanna (254)

Seán Sherlock

Ceist:

254. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the next round of sports capital funding will be opened. [49356/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The 2018 round of the Sports Capital Programme (SCP) closed for applications on Friday 19th October 2018. By the closing date, 2,337 applications were submitted seeking a total of €162m in funding. This was the highest number of applications ever received.  186 of these applications were for projects deemed invalid under the 2017 round of the programme that subsequently submitted corrected documents.  These applications were assessed first and approximately €7m in allocations to 170 projects were announced on the 17th January. 619 "equipment only" applications were assessed next and 466 allocations with a value of €9.8m were announced to these organisations in May. The final allocations for capital works were announced earlier this month with a total of €39.5m allocated to 1,009 projects. 

In relation to these latest allocations, my Department will shortly be in contact with all of these applicants with full details of the outcome of the assessment process.  All unsuccessful applicants will be invited to appeal the Department's decison if they believe their application was not correctly assessed in accordance with the published assessment manual.  My Department will also undertake a full review of all aspects of the 2018 SCP.  Part of the review will include consideration of the timing and scale of the next round of the Programme but I expect that the SCP will be open for applications again in the coming months.