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2021 Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP).

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, and the Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers TD, today announced on the 30th November that €40 million is being made available in 2021 under a new round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP).

The SCEP is the government’s primary vehicle for providing support to sports clubs and communities to develop sports infrastructure around the country. Applications can be made online only from 9am on Friday 11 December until 5pm  with the new extended  date to the 1st of March 2021 . 

The Sports Capital and Equipment Programme is the government’s primary vehicle for supporting the development of sports facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment.

The programme funds:

-natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts (including pitch drainage)
-Energy Efficient 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 sports equipment
-limited COVID-19 related works/equipment
-modifications to sports facilities to reduce energy consumption
-any other capital projects that are clearly sporting in nature and that will increase participation in sport or improve performance

The first step in obtaining a grant is to register on the department’s online system . The Ministers encouraged any clubs which are not already registered to do so now. Clubs can now register on the department’s online system at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie. Once registered, all applications must be made on the same website.

The system will be open for applications from 11th December to March 2021.

The “Guide to Making an Application” was also published on the department’s webiste https://www.gov.ie/en/service/d13385-sports-capital-programme/

Link to Press Release : https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/0bc7e-ministers-launch-40m-sports-grant-scheme-for-2021/

Upcoming Workshop: 

Longford Sports Clubs Getting Grant Ready workshop:

·        Thursday 28th January 2021

·        7pm-8.30pm

·        Via Zoom but register via Eventbrite

*Please note we will need a minimum number of attendance  for this workshop to go ahead  (we will notify registered participants  via Eventbrite and the LSP Social media page (by 26th Jan) )

The session will cover the dos and don’ts of the Sports Capital programme and how our clubs can come out on top. Since 2014, 2into3 have secured approximately €1.3m in Sports Capital funding for clubs around the country. Based on evidence, between 10%-20% of all applications will be invalid, meaning that the applications were completed incorrectly. Only the top 75% of valid applications will receive funding, which is based on a scoring system. Longford Sports Partnership wish as many of our local clubs to apply and be successful from this programme, while limiting invalidity.

It is hoped that this event will help encourage more of our clubs to apply as the programme not only funds infrastructure work, it also funds non-personal sports equipment which can include protective wear, gym equipment, portable sports equipment, storage containers and much more. Its important for sports clubs to make an application large or small as the programme does support new and growing sports across Ireland.

This is your opportunity to gain valuable insight from experts on a programme from the experts in securing these grants. The deadline for applications is Monday 1st March 2021 so it’s important for clubs to get started on the application process in order to be ready for the deadline.

Register via Eventbrite to receive you zoom link  : https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/longford-sports-clubs-getting-grant-ready-workshop-tickets-136814962235