Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan has confirmed that €40 million is available to develop sports infrastructure around the country.
The Laois TD is encouraging clubs and sports organisations across Laois and Offaly to prepare for the application process and register online now.
“I can confirm that €40 million is going to be made available to develop sports infrastructure around the country under the Sports Capital Programme in 2018.
“I want to see clubs and organisations benefit as much as possible from this funding and so I encourage all involved to prepare the necessary paperwork for their applications in advance,” said the Fine Gael Deputy.
How to apply
Clubs and sports organisations across Laois looking to apply can do so here.
Applications can be made online from Friday, September 7 from 9am until 5pm on Friday, October 19 at 5pm.
Minister Flanagan added: “It represents an excellent value for money investment for society.
“It is crucial we invest in sport and the health of our population, particularly with obesity is on the rise. Investing in sport is good for the health of the nation, both literally and economically.
“This scheme has proved very successful in getting much needed funding to our local clubs.”
Previously, a number of schools raised issues with the application process as a number of schools were previously unable to avail of the scheme.
“A solution has been agreed between the Department Of Education and Skills & the Department Of Tourism Transport and Sport to allow such schools certain flexibility to meet the criteria set for Sports Capital Grant Schemes.
“Schools may now be able to avail of the Sports Capital Grant Scheme as long as they do so in conjunction with a sports club,” concluded the Fine Gael Deputy.