Deadline approaches for €40M Sports Capital Programme 2018 – Pa O’Driscoll

The registration for the 2018 Sports Capital Programme will close at 5pm this Friday October 5th, 2018. Any organisation wishing to make an application under the Programme must be registered on OSCAR by that time. The application must then be submitted by October 19th, 2018.

€40 million has been made available for this years Sports Capital Programme. Grants are available to sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities. Third level colleges, VECs and schools may also apply for funding jointly with sports clubs.

The Sports Capital Programme is the main source of Government funding for the development of sports infrastructure. I would encourage all clubs and organisations who are seeking to improve their facilities or purchase new equipment to ensure that they are registered at

If you need help in completing your application you can call the regional number for Cork & Limerick on 064 6627371 or for further information email

Applications for the programme can only be made online which is why prior registration is essential. The programme will open for applications until 5pm on Friday 19th October, 2018.

The Government recently launched their new National Sports Policy 2018 – 2027 which confirms our commitment to investing in sports facilities in the years ahead, via the Sports Capital Programme and other initiatives. In addition to clubs and organisations, the Sports Capital Programme is also open to schools as long as any application is in conjunction with a sports club. Priority is given to applications that promote the sharing of sports facilities with the wider community and to projects in disadvantaged areas.

The programme funds:

  • Natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts (including pitch drainage)
  • Floodlighting
  • Artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas
  • Security fencing, ball stop netting and goal posts
  • Hurling walls / handball alleys
  • Building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets
  • Building or refurbishment of sports halls and gyms
  • Non-personal equipment including lawn mowers and defibrillators.
  • Any other capital projects that are clearly sporting in nature and that will increase participation in sport or improve performance

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