Roscommon clubs plan to invest over €5m in facilities
Local TD, Denis Naughten has revealed that the Government could treble the sports grant allocation to County Roscommon, creating 84 jobs without costing the taxpayer one additional cent. 48 Roscommon clubs have submitted applications under the Sports Capital Grant Scheme, with plans to invest over €5m in sport & recreation facilities throughout the County.
On average, clubs plan to spend an additional 65% on top of the potential grant aid from the Department. 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. So 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.
Responding to a question from Denis Naughten, the Sports Minister, Michael Ring TD said that due to the volume of applications he will not be in a position to announce the list of successful applicants before the late autumn or early winter. Having viewed many of the applications, there is no doubt that the projects are extremely worthy and will without doubt increase the level of participation in sport within the communities involved.
“This investment will also have the added benefit of supporting local contractors who are struggling to maintain employment at present. As a result I believe that there is a strong economic case for increasing the level of funding available to local clubs under this grant programme” concluded Denis Naughten.
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. —
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.
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.
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