The Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP), the primary vehicle of the Government for supporting sports clubs and communities in developing sports infrastructure nationwide, is set to open for new applications on 17 July. Fine Gael TD and Minister Martin Heydon confirmed increased funding opportunities and a renewed focus on climate action and gender equality.
Minister Heydon said, “I have witnessed first-hand the significant impact that Sports Capital and Equipment Programme grants have made to sports clubs and community groups across Kildare. These grants have been instrumental in improving sports infrastructure and promoting active lifestyles in our local communities. Applicants for sports projects in Kildare can now apply for grants up to €200,000, increased from the previous maximum grant of €150,000. The maximum valid grant available for projects deemed to be of regional significance has been increased from €300,000 to €500,000.”
“The new round of the Sports Capital Programme will again prioritise applications from disadvantaged areas, those that target people with disabilities, and projects that share facilities amongst different organisations and sports. In relation to changes to the scheme, I am very pleased that applications for improvements to swimming pools will be accepted for the first time. Recognizing the urgency of addressing climate change, this year’s SCEP application process incorporates a focus on climate action and sustainability for the first time. By embracing sustainable practices, our sports clubs can contribute to a greener future while enhancing their facilities for the benefit of all.”
“Sports play an integral role in the fabric of Kildare communities, fostering a sense of unity and pride among people across Kildare. From local clubs to grassroots initiatives, sports provide a platform for individuals of all ages to come together and participate. I strongly encourage all sports clubs and community groups in Kildare to apply for the SCEP grants and I happy to assist any group that requires assistance with their applications,” concluded Minister Heydon.