According to figures supplied by Denis Naughten TD, sports clubs are planning to top up grants under the Sports Capital Programme by a massive €145m, which in the current economic climate has potential to deliver a huge job boost to local communities.
Naughten explained: “What is really surprising about the figures released from the Sports Minister, is the level of financial commitment sports clubs plan to make from their own resource. On average, clubs plan to spend an additional 65% on top of the potential grant aid from the Department. Over the last number of years Government has spoken about the need to get people with money to start spending in support of the economy, and this grant scheme seems to have tapped into a hidden resource in that regard.”
“With sports clubs making such a massive commitment from their own resources the Government would be foolish not to seriously consider increasing the total grant fund from €30m as it will have a direct and indirect employment spin off effect within the communities which these clubs serve. For example, if Government tripled the sports grant fund to €90m, based on the additional spending from clubs and the tax-take which would result from the projects, this would only have a net cost of €30m; the original planned spend.”
The deputy’s statement comes of the foot of a response he received from the Sports Minister, Michael Ring TD, in the Dáil yesterday. The Minister stated his Department has received over 2,000 applications seeking grant aid, but based on the current fund of €30m only about 1 in 8 applications will be successful. The applicants have on average sought just under €105,000 each in grant aid under the grant programme and clubs planning to put about €68,000 of their own funding towards the development of their facilities.
138. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of applications
under the sports capital programme 2012; the total value of grant aid sought; the
corresponding figure for each county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. —
Denis Naughten & Others.
Answered by the Minister of State for Sports and Tourism- Michael Ring
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport (Michael Ring TD): My Department has received over 2,150 applications for funding under the 2012 Sports Capital Programme.
I propose to answer question, 90,110,115,129,138,139,143,155,715 and 726 together.
A county by county breakdown of the applications received and the amounts of funding sought will be circulated with the official report. These figures are subject to minor amendment as assessments are undertaken.
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Departmental officials have started processing all applications received. This process will take some time, due to the volume of applications and the detailed information contained in each one. As a result, I do not expect to be in a position to announce the list of successful applicants before the late autumn or early winter 2012. It is not possible at this stage to estimate the number of applications expected to be successful.
I intend to use the media and our website www.dttas.ie to announce grant allocations and will also write to individual applicants confirming the outcome of their application.