Small grants for Kilkenny sports clubs

Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership has announced two small grant schemes to assist the development of local sports clubs in Kilkenny City and County.

Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership has announced two small grant schemes to assist the development of local sports clubs in Kilkenny City and County.

The club development grant scheme aims to encourage new participation in sport. To be eligible for the grants, clubs must operate as a ‘not for profit’ club or organisation that is open to public membership, have a primary objective of sport or physically active recreation, and have policies and practices that encourage participation regardless of gender, age, race or ability.

Priority will be given to minority sports, low participation groups and the target groups identified in the KRSP strategy. The closing date for applications is 1pm on Friday, October 26.

The coach education grant scheme aims to develop quality coaching resources in Kilkenny and encourages all coaches/volunteers to undertake appropriate education and training. This is an open-ended grant scheme and applications will be accepted as coaching courses become available. Please apply before attending courses.

Funded by the Irish Sports Council, KRSP aims to increase participation in sport, recreation and healthy activities across the population of Kilkenny and specifically within groups that would benefit from additional support.

“Although the grants are small in nature, they can provide essential support to clubs,” said sports co-ordinator Nicola Keeshan.

“All sports clubs, in particular those offering minority sports, are finding it hard to raise funds to encourage new people to join them and it is especially hard for new clubs in the early years of their establishment. It is important that this support is offered by the Partnership in addition to offering support to clubs for coaches and leaders to access training.”

Grant forms and details of qualifying criteria are available to download from www.krsp.ie or by contacting the krsp offices on 056 7794990.