Over €2.5 million in funding has been announced for local sports clubs and schools under today’s Government announcement of Sports Capital Grants.
A total of €2,790,811 was awarded to Kilkenny. A total package of €150 Million to be distributed throughout the country was unveiled by Ministers Jack Chambers and Catherine Martin with more than 1,900 clubs and schools benefitting. There were 3,106 applications for grants including 60 different sports clubs. Local TD John McGuinness has welcomed the news.
“This is a fantastic day for Kilkenny with a substantial allocation of funding for local clubs throughout the county," he said.
"I’m delighted to see Ballyhale Shamrocks allocated €150,000, Barrow Rangers GAA Club allocated €149,456, James Stephens in the city will get over €50,000, over €20,000 to refurbish the MUGA at Newpark, almost €150,000 for Kilkenny’s Tennis Club and so much more.
“We recently had Minister Jack Chambers in Kilkenny and we took him to visit many of these sports clubs in a bid to secure funding. I’m delighted to see that work has paid off and I commend all of the local sports groups for making great applications. I look forward now to seeing these groups progress in a very positive way,” said Deputy McGuinness.
Also welcoming the news was Castlecomer Municipal District Chairman Pat Fitzpatrick.
"It's great to see North Kilkenny projects from Urlingford to Paulstown getting the well-earned funding they need to further enhance local communities," he said.
"I know firsthand that the funding allocated to Barrow Rangers in Paulstown, for example, will make a huge difference and as the club have been doing trojan work recently," he added.
Making the announcement, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin said: “Sport is crucial for all communities in Ireland. There was a record number of applications for these grants and the government responded with the most significant level of individual awards ever. So this is a great day for sports clubs and community groups right around the country and I want to congratulate all of the successful applicants.”
“As well as grants to local clubs, I am also delighted that we are providing over €17m for projects deemed to be of “regional” significance. Amongst these grantees are a number of GAA County Boards, National Governing Bodies of Sport and Local Authorities,” she said.
Minister of State with responsibility for Sport, Jack Chambers highlighted the huge number of grantees and the wide variety of sports funded.
“Anybody involved in sport at local level knows the importance of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme. I am delighted that today’s announcement represents the highest level of funding ever provided for any round of the Programme.
“As well as the major field sports, funding is being provided to tennis clubs, cricket, boxing, kayaking, wheelchair sports and martial arts to name just some. It is great to see crowds back at big sporting events in recent weeks but our key focus is to get as many people participating as possible. Covid revealed to us all the importance of community and I am particularly pleased that so many community centres and organisations have been allocated funding to develop projects in towns and villages across the country. If we want to achieve our participation targets, we must provide high quality facilities and that is what today’s announcement is all about,” he said.
Mayor Andrew McGuinness said this is a windfall for Kilkenny clubs.
“I’m delighted, as Mayor of Kilkenny, to welcome such positive news for sports organisations all over the city and county. From hurling to soccer to tennis and so much more, Kilkenny has certainly had a windfall of funding today and it’s a fantastic investment into our young people in particular. I’m delighted in particular to see over €70k allocated for multi sports facilities at the new project at Dunmore. I hope to see alternative sports that badly need a home facilitated in the near future.”
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