The single largest ever investment in grassroots sport will be announced today.
Around €150m will be allocated to clubs, schools, associations and sports bodies all over the country to develop sports facilities and purchase sports equipment
The funding is through the Sports Capital & Equipment Programme, run by the Department of Sport.
The record funding allocation was secured following negotiations between Minister with responsibility for Sport Jack Chambers and Michael McGrath, Public Expenditure Minister.
More than 1,900 clubs and schools will receive funding across 35 sports. The allocations will be announced today by Minister Chambers and Minister Catherine Martin.
The programme closed for applications in March 2021 with more than 3,000 applications received – a record level of applications.
All applications are assessed by the Department of Sport officials and considered under a range of criteria and then scored accordingly
The assessment process was adjusted for this year’s programme with greater marks awarded to projects which would increase female participation, as well as increasing participation for people with disabilities.
There was also greater emphasis placed this year on applications which were serving lower socio-economic areas and areas of underdevelopment.
Due to the amount of funding secured for this round of funding, all eligible applications have received an allocation - with the highest scoring applications receiving the largest allocations.