Dáil Question No: 18

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding the 2014 sports capital programme; when it will be announced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Anthony Lawlor.

For ORAL answer on Thursday, 26th June, 2014.

Ref No: 27096/14

Answered by the Minister of State for Sports and Tourism Michael Ring


I was delighted to be able to launch the 2014 round of the Sports Capital Programme earlier this year. €40 million is available for allocation.

The 2,036 applications received under the 2014 Sports Capital Programme are currently being assessed by officials in my Department.  Every application will be assessed by one official and reviewed by another.  Given the number of applications received and the detail contained therein, this process takes a number of months to complete.  I hope to announce allocations in the next number of weeks.

Applications are first checked to ensure eligibility.  All eligible applications are initially assessed against five criteria, namely the likelihood of increasing participation and/or improving performance and sharing of facilities, level of socio-economic disadvantage in the area, technical merits of the project, level of own funding available and level of Sports Capital Programme funding received in the past.

These criteria are designed to give higher scores to applications that increase participation, where facilities will be shared, that are from designated disadvantaged areas, that have not received substantial funding in the past and that are ready to be progressed as soon as possible.

In deciding the final allocations within each county, Minister Varadkar and I will have regard to a number of additional factors, including: ensuring a geographic spread of projects within each county; ensuring an appropriate spread of projects between rural and urban areas within each county; and ensuring that there is a spread of projects among different sports