The Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport have announced the ‘Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund’. This is a capital allocation of at least €100m over the period 2019 to 2027 for the entire country. The funding is aimed at National Governing Bodies (NGBs) as well as Local Authorities.
Further details on the outline of the Scheme are available on the following link.
Cork County Council is seeking expressions of interest from sporting bodies, clubs and voluntary organisations to submit joint projects for funding under this scheme that will increase:
- participation in sports
- interest in sports
- improve standards
- develop sport facilitates
Expressions of interest are now being sought to be considered to be put forward for funding.
The closing date for completed Expressions of Interest forms is 3pm on Friday 8th February 2019.
Expressions of Interest forms received after this date will not be accepted.
For further information and to make your expressions of Interest please go to www.yourcouncil.ie.
A synopsis of the Fund and what is needed is outlined below:
In considering investment in infrastructure, priority will be given to projects that:
- Can be identified as a priority within a local authority’s development plan and strategic vision, demonstrating cross-sector collaboration and clearly identified local priorities.
- Can be identified as a priority of an NGB in its strategy for the development of active participation, social participation and improvement of high performance in the sport it governs e.g. development centres.
- Are multi-functional in nature and cater for a number of sports and other activities.
- Provide facilities that are open to the general public.
- Meet the needs of a mixed group of clubs and associations.
- Prioritise the needs of disadvantaged areas and groups including people with disabilities.
- Require funding for the development of capital infrastructure (new build, modernisation or refurbishment) and major fixed equipment where it is an integral part of a project.
- Are located on a site(s) where the applicant holds ownership or long-term lease with at least 25 years remaining.
- Are seeking a grant of at least €300,000 under Stream two.
- Identify confirmed capital partnership funding for the project from the applicant and/or other parties.
- Provide and demonstrate a commitment and ability to manage the facility in an effective manner once capital works are completed in a financially sustainable manner.
- Address the issue of energy conservation and encourage active travel e.g. through the provision of cycle parking facilities.
- New swimming pool projects will also be considered
- Do not include costs for non-fixed equipment which are not covered by this fund.
- Have not yet started on site.
Selection of projects to be submitted by Cork County Council to the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport under the Large Scale Infrastructure Fund will be by means of a competitive process.