Councillor Deirdre O’Donovan has sent us this important information for all clubs involved in activities.

I hope you are well.  I am delighted to share this great news from Minister Shane Ross about funding available for sports and community grants.

Changes have been made which will bring community groups – like Scouts and Active Retirement groups – into the scheme.  So please check out the information below and feel free to share with any groups/organisations you think may benefit and register as soon as possible.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’ Donovan T.D., announced today that €30m is being made available under the Sports Capital Programme to develop sports infrastructure around the country.

The Sports Capital 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)


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 equipment including lawn mowers and defibrillators.  Anything set in the ground (such as goal posts) is not considered equipment.

Any other capital projects that are clearly sporting in nature and that will increase participation in sport or improve performance  In this regard.


Clubs not previously registered on the Department’s online application system need to do so in advance of this date and the Ministers encouraged clubs to register now. The guide to making an application was also published on the Department’s Sports Capital Programme website today ( ).  Online applications will be accepted from the 23rd January to the 24th February, 2017.


Minister Ross stated “I am delighted that this funding is being made available. The Sports Capital Programme aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sport and recreation facilities and it has transformed the sporting landscape of Ireland with improvements in the quality and quantity of sporting facilities in virtually every village, town and city in the country. The new €30 million programme provides an opportunity for further improvements and I would urge all organisations with a suitable project to consider making an application”.


The Minister of State, Patrick O’Donovan highlighted some of the changes to the terms of the new programme. “The Programme for Government contains the aim of allocating sports capital grants on an annual basis and since being given responsibility for sport, I have been struck by the huge level of interest in the Sports Capital Programme across so many different sporting disciplines.   I was determined to make the application process as simple as possible and in this regard we have significantly shortened the application form, issued new guides for completing the form and my Department is also arranging a series of regional workshops in the new year to assist applicants. The upcoming holiday period provides a good opportunity for clubs to get registered on, familiarise themselves with the guide and undertake any other preparatory work in advance of formally submitting their application”.


Clubs who wish to register on the Department’s online system can do so now at Once registered, all applications must be made on the same website. The system will be open for applications from 23rd January 2017 to 24 February 2017. 


A guide to making an application and a link to YouTube video instructions is also available on the website as follows:

YouTube channel:  videos will be published tomorrow


Where to apply:


Who to phone for help, sample application form and written guide to applying: