Fine Gael Leader on Dublin City Council and North Inner City Councillor, Ray McAdam, has welcomed the announcement that €30 million is available to develop sports infrastructure around the country, and has encouraged Inner City clubs and sports organisations to prepare for the application process and register online now.
My Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Sport Patrick O’Donovan, has confirmed to me that €30 million is going to be made available to develop sports infrastructure around the country under the Sports Capital Programme in 2017. I have raised the continued development of this programme since the Government was formed in May. To date in 2016, more €22.8 million has been paid out to 680 organisations to support the development of sports facilities and the purchase of sports equipment through the excellent Sports Capital Programme.
I want to see Inner City clubs and organisations benefit as much as possible from this funding and so I encourage all involved to prepare the necessary paperwork for their applications in advance. Inner City clubs and sports organisations looking to apply should register now at http://www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie. Online applications will then be accepted from the 23rd January to the 24th February, 2017.
Simplifying the application process this year is a very welcome step. The application form has been significantly shortened, and the Department of Sport has published a helpful guide to the application process on their dedicated Sports Capital Programme website http://www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie. There will also be workshops in the New Year to assist applicants, which is really welcome to remove applications failing on technicalities.”