Minister Joe O’Brien encourages Fingal sports clubs to apply for sports capital and equipment funding

30th November, 2020

Sports Capital and Equipment Programme launched by Minister Catherine Martin on 30 November

On Monday, Catherine Martin, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for officially launched the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP).

The SCEP provides grants to assist in the development or refurbishment of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment and is part funded from the proceeds of the National Lottery.

Following the launch of the SPEC by his Green Party colleague, Minister Joe O’Brien is encouraging all sporting clubs and organisations in Fingal to apply for a grant from the €40 million fund.

“Everybody involved in Irish sport knows the importance of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme. It provides grants to sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, and Fingal County Council. The grants will assist voluntary and community sporting organisations in Fingal to develop high quality, accessible, safe, well-designed, sustainable facilities in appropriate locations and to provide appropriate equipment to help maximise participation in sport and physical recreation.”

“The Programme also prioritizes the needs of disadvantaged areas and groups (such as people with disabilities) in the provision of sports facilities throughout the county and indeed nationally. Apart from the obvious health and social benefits, the projects that are ultimately awarded grants under the SCP will also provide a significant economic benefit in Fingal too.”

“Organisations in Fingal should apply for grants through the OSCAR system which is available at www.sportscapitalgrant.ie and to assist in applying, Minister Martins Department have created a set of resources to use the system and these are all available on the website. Any organization who wishes to apply must first register and read the relevant guides.”

Commenting at the launch of the SCEP, Minister Martin said;

“The Covid pandemic has emphasised how important sport is to our society. As well as the pleasure and excitement generated by watching our sporting heroes, actively engaging in sport is critical for our physical and mental wellbeing. To allow as many people participate as possible, it is essential to have appropriate sports facilities and equipment available. To assist in this regard, I am delighted that we are making €40 million available for sports clubs and community groups right across the country.”

“Recent findings have noted that the gender gap in active participation in sport is now at its lowest level, according to data published by Sport Ireland. The Government is committed to prioritising increasing female involvement in sport as participants, coaches, referees and administrators. The Sports Capital and Equipment Programme will help that important aim. Furthermore, it will boost participation in disadvantaged areas and ensure that those in every part of society can enjoy the physical and mental benefits of sport and exercise.”

For more information please contact Karen Power, karen.power@oireachtas.ie

Notes to editors: The Sports Capital and Equipment Programme is the Government’s primary vehicle for supporting the development of sports facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment.

The programme funds:

· Natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts (including pitch drainage)

· Energy Efficient Floodlighting

· Artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas

· Security fencing, ball stop netting and goal posts

· Hurling walls / handball alleys

· Building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets

· Building or refurbishment of sports halls and gyms

· Non-personal sports equipment

· Limited Covid related works/equipment

· Modifications to sports facilities to reduce energy consumption

· Any other capital projects that are clearly sporting in nature and that will increase participation in sport or improve performance

Further information about the programme including details of all previous allocations and a detailed review of the latest (2018) round of the programme can be found at https://www.gov.ie/sportscapital