Sports Capital Grant Scheme

Taoiseach urges local clubs to register now for Sports Capital Grants

€40M for Improved Sports Facilities

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar has urged local clubs and schools (in conjunction with sports clubs) in west Dublin to register to apply for €40 million of additional funding being made available to develop sports infrastructure. This year schools can also apply in conjunction with a local sports club.

This is the latest round of funding under the Sports Capital Programme being made available by the Minister for Sport Brendan Griffin.

The Taoiseach said: “I really encourage clubs and organisations in Dublin West to register online in order to apply for this new round of funding. Applications can only be made online from 9am on Friday 7th September until 5pm on Friday 19th October, 2018.

“The Sports Capital Programme was re-instated by the last Fine Gael government in 2012, after it had been cancelled by Fianna Fáil in the wake of the economic crash. It represents an excellent value for money investment for society.

“It is crucial we invest in sport and the health of our population, particularly with obesity on the rise. Investing in sport is good for the health of the nation. This scheme has proved very successful in getting much needed funding to our local clubs and I’m delighted that there is another round.”

Clubs and sports organisations looking to apply should register now at

Further information

The Sports Capital Programme is the Government’s primary vehicle for supporting the development of sports facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment.

The programme funds:

• Natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts (including pitch drainage)

• Floodlighting

• Artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas

• Security fencing, ball stop netting and goal posts

• Hurling walls / handball alleys

• Building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets

• Building or refurbishment of sports halls and gyms

• Non-personal equipment including lawn mowers and defibrillators.

• Any other capital projects that are clearly sporting in nature and that will increase participation in sport or improve performance

All allocations under the 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme are available on the Department’s website A detailed review of the 2017 round of the programme is also published on the site.


Following an agreement between Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education and Skills and Brendan Griffin TD, Minister for Sport and Tourism at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, all schools may now be eligible to avail of the Sports Capital Grant Scheme as long as they do so in conjunction with a sports club. This is a great opportunity and all interested schools should apply. 

Date: 4. 9. 2018