10 Laois GAA clubs have benefited to the tune of €79,000 from Leinster GAA grants.
The funding programme run by Leinster GAA and Croke Park provides vital financial assistance to clubs involved in ground development works.
Clubs seeking a GAA grant from Leinster GAA in 2018 must complete an application form and submit it via their County Development Officer (or County Secretary in Dublin) before May 1.
Clubs should not undertake any preparatory work for the proposed development prior to an application for grant assistance from Leinster GAA.
The total amount of money awarded to Laois this year is up by €12,500 but the number of clubs who share in the pot is down.
In 2018, 15 clubs shared €66,500 between them while this year 10 clubs were successful.
The bulk of the allocation went to Portlaoise GAA who were awarded €50,000. This is a purchase grant which relates to their move from Fr Browne Avenue to Rathleague.
Borris-In-Ossory came in next receiving €10,000 with Rathdowney getting €6,000.
Laois GAA Development Officer PJ Kelly says he was happy with the funding awarded and believes it will increase further in 2020.
He said: “A lot of work goes into this from the clubs and I would expect us to receive more funding next year.
“Most of the clubs in Laois are very progressive and they are constantly looking to improve their facilities.
“Club players now give such a high level of commitment to playing that they deserve to have the best facilities they can possibly have.”
The grants are as follows:
Borris-In-Ossory – €10,000
Camross – €3,500
Kilcavan – €1,500
Killeshin – €1,500
Rathdowney – €6,000
Rosenallis – €1,500
Mountmellick – €1,500
Portlaoise – €50,000 (Purchase)
St Joseph’s – €1,800
Timahoe – €3,500
The full list of all the other counties in Leinster and their allocations will be made public following a presentation next month.
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