White welcomes the relaxing of rules for new €30m Sports Capital Programme

Speaking after the launch of this year’s Sports Capital Programme, Deputy Alex White today welcomed news that the new scheme will be open to far more clubs and groups than ever before, because a strict requirement on landownership has been relaxed.

In the past, all applicants had to own their land or have it on a long lease. The Minister has decided that these clubs will now be able to apply for grants of up to €25,000 to upgrade facilities.

“This is the first round of Sports Capital Funding in four years, and it will crucially offer sports clubs throughout Dublin South access to vital funds. With €30 million available nationwide, the new focus of the sporting programme is to encourage more people to get involved in sporting activity”.

The Sports Capital Programme is the main channel of Government support for developing sports facilities and purchasing sports equipment.

Deputy White said “In line with the Programme for Government, this new Sports Capital scheme will have a stronger focus on projects which increase active participation in sport, particularly in disadvantaged areas. Under this scheme pitches will be drained, floodlights will be installed, sports halls will be improved and dressing rooms will be built”.

Thanks to these grants, people will have more opportunities than ever to get active and stay active in a wide range of sports. It will also have a positive impact on job creation in construction.

Application forms and information about how to apply is now available on the website: www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie.