More People, More Active, More Often
More People, More Active, More Often

Record Level of Core Funding for Sports Bodies in 2024

  • Minister Catherine Martin and Minister Thomas Byrne announce record investment of almost €30 million in core funding support to sporting organisations
  • 2024 sees the highest ever level of Core investment into National Governing Bodies of Sport and Local Sports Partnerships
  • €17.3m investment for 58 National Governing Bodies of Sport
  • €11.4m investment for 29 Local Sports Partnerships

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, and the Minister of State for Sport and Physical Education, Thomas Byrne, today announced a record investment of almost €30 million in core funding support to sporting organisations, through Sport Ireland, for 2024.

€17.3 million is being invested in the National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) this year, an increase of €1.3 million on the 2023 figure.

Investment in the network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) has increased by €1 million, with a total investment of €11.4 million being allocated across the 29 LSPs. Meath LSP has been allocated €533k in core funding and Women in Sport support.

Speaking at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus today at the 2024 core funding investment announcement, Minister of State for Sport and Physical Education, Thomas Byrne T.D., said:

“The overall core funding to National Governing Bodies of Sport has increased by 60% since 2018, from levels of €10.8 million then, to €17.3 million in 2024. The continued increase in core funding for sports bodies demonstrates the Government’s commitment to supporting Irish sport and will ensure that sport bodies can continue to provide valuable opportunities for everyone to participate in sport, in line with our National Sports Policy.

Around the country, Local Sports Partnerships are doing excellent work in supporting participation in sport and physical activity, at local level. The investment package of €11.4 million announced today will provide continued support to the network of 29 Local Sports Partnership in their local work. The investment of €1 million to support Sport Inclusion Disability Officers at local level will also support the valuable, inclusive work that our Local Sports Partnerships undertake.”

 Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, Dr. Úna May, commented:

“A record level of investment this year and throughout the Life Cycle of the National Sports Policy demonstrates the Government’s sustained commitment to supporting the development of a strong sport sector. Sport Ireland welcomes this additional investment and is confident the NGBs, LSPs and Funded Bodies will continue to play a vital role as we enter the latter stages of the Government’s National Sports Policy.”

Sport Ireland’s Chairperson John Foley said:

“On behalf of the Sport Ireland board I would like to welcome this crucial investment which will support the continued development of sport in Ireland. Our NGBs, LSPs and Funded Bodies are better supported than ever to deliver against broader Government objectives and the importance of sport in society is very much reflected in today’s announcement.”

Meath LSP Chairperson Sharon Tolan welcomed the significant investment by Sport Ireland to Meath LSP. She said:

“ the amount invested into Meath LSP is testament to the tremendous work the staff team in Meath LSP undertake in the delivery of our programmes. The number of participants engaging with the LSP and the number of programmes offered to a wide sector of the population is made possible by this critical investment from Sport Ireland”.

Details of funding allocated to individual NGBs, LSPs and other sporting organisations is available here:

Photo is of: John Foley, Chairperson of Sport Ireland; Minister Thomas Byrne and Dr. Una May, CEO of Sport Ireland.