The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, and the Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers, announced €16.6 million in equipment grants under the latest round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP).
The 2020 round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme closed for applications on Monday 1 March last. By that deadline, a record number of over 3,100 applications were submitted seeking a total of €200m in funding. The equipment-only applications have been assessed first and it is the successful applicants under this element of the scheme that are being announced today. €16.6m has been allocated.
The top 95% of local applications by score have been awarded a grant. The individual grant allocations were calculated considering the amount available for that particular county (based on a per capita distribution and the demand levels for that county), the amount sought for the project and the score obtained following assessment.
The Sports Capital Programme aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sports and physical recreation facilities throughout the country.