Thursday, September 27, 2012

Decision on Sports Capital Grants not expected for at least two months

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has today (Thursday) said that decisions on the latest round of Sports Capital Grants are not expected for at least two months. Deputy Doherty was speaking after she received an update on the issue from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. 

“I know lots of sports groups across Co. Meath are waiting anxiously to find out if they have been successful in the latest round of Sports Capital Grants. I have been advised by the Department that it will be November or December before clubs are advised whether they will receive funding. There is on-going contact between the Department and sporting organisations in relation to previous grants that have not been drawn down, but when it comes to the new round of funding, there will be no contact until a final decision has been made. 

“There has been a huge demand on the scheme since this new round of funding was announced earlier in the year. More than 2,150 sports clubs and organisations have applied for funding for projects amounting to a total of €370 million. Unfortunately, due to the budgetary constraints we face, the available funding is limited to €30 million. 

“In Meath’s case, 75 applications have been received for projects worth a total of €8.6 million. In previous rounds Meath has been approved in the region of €2 million, so I think it is inevitable that there will be some disappointment this time around. However, I have no doubt that the approved funding will make a huge difference to the successful clubs and I will remain in close contact with the Department over the next few months to make sure progress is being made

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