Hayes welcomes €30m Fund for Irish Sports

South Tipperary Fine Gael T.D. Tom Hayes has welcomed the new €30m fund for important sports capital projects launched today by the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring. Deputy Hayes noted that this was the first round of sports capital funding for four years and demonstrates the Government’s commitment to encourage more people to take part in sport.

South Tipperary Fine Gael T.D. Tom Hayes has welcomed the new €30m fund for important sports capital projects launched today by the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring. Deputy Hayes noted that this was the first round of sports capital funding for four years and demonstrates the Government’s commitment to encourage more people to take part in sport.

Speaking at the launch Deputy Hayes said, “The Sports Capital Programme is the main channel of Government support for developing sports facilities and purchasing sports equipment for sports clubs and organisations across the country. What makes today’s announcement so significant, is that this particular scheme will be open to far more clubs and groups than ever before. In the past, all applicants had to own their land or have it on a long lease. That is no longer the case. This means that a whole range of new clubs will now be able to apply for grants of up to €25,000.

“This scheme also has a much stronger focus on projects which increase active participation in sport, particularly in disadvantaged areas. Funding from this scheme will allow clubs and organisations to drain pitches, install floodlights, improve sports halls and build new dressing rooms. All of this isn’t just good for Tipperary sports, but it is also good for job creation, particularly in the construction sector.”

The minimum amount of matching funding which clubs and organisations will need to provide themselves in order to apply for a grant has been halved from the previous round of the programme in 2008. This means that groups in RAPID areas will only need to raise a minimum of 5% of the project cost in order to apply. Similarly, groups in CLÁR areas need to raise 10% and groups in non-disadvantaged areas will need to raise a minimum of 15% of the total project cost.

Application forms and information about how to apply is available from Tom Hayes’ office: 062-62892 or tom.hayes@oireachtas.ie