To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when he expects to invite applications for the next round of the sports capital programme; if there will be changes to the terms and conditions of the programme; the application process from the last round; and if he will make a statement on the matter. - Pat Breen. For ORAL answer on Thursday, 7th November, 2013. Ref No: 47060/13 Lottery: 16
Answered by the Minister of State for Sports and Tourism
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport (Michael Ring TD):
I welcome the decision to provide funding for a new round of the Sports Capital Programme. I believe that it demonstrates this Government’s understanding of the value of sport from both an economic and health perspective. Sports capital funding is essential for the provision of modern fit-for-purpose facilities that provide opportunities for people to participate in sporting activities throughout the country. The 2012 round of the SCP saw a record number of applicants, indicating a continuing high demand for such grants.
Departmental officials are currently working on the details of the new Programme, including any changes to the terms and conditions, and I hope to be in a position to make an announcement before the end of the year.
My Department has developed a new portal on the Department’s website which must be used by organisations to register, to apply for funding (when the Programme is open for applications) and to manage the drawdown of any new grants allocated after 2013. The portal also has a growing knowledge base of information on all aspects of the SCP.
Any interested organisation should register on www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie .