Canoeing Ireland Sports Capital grant
Canoeing Ireland member clubs have been awarded nearly €140,000 in capital grants from the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport’s Sport Capital Programme for 2017. 1700 different projects submitted by sports clubs are to benefit from a total fund of €56m.
Amongst the successful applicants, Kilcock Canoe Polo Club receives €39,519 for Canoe Polo equipment, while Athy Rowing and Canoeing Club gets €22,785 towards the promotion of Junior Kayaking. Laois Kayak and Canoe Club are receiving €17,000 towards the renovation of their club house.
The programme is the primary means of providing Government funding for capital projects to sport and community organisations at local, regional and national level. The funding will help clubs to develop paddling in their local area.
The 2017 round for applications closed in February with a record number of 2,320 received.
Minister Shane Ross said at the announcement: “This is a great day for Irish sport. When we originally invited applications under the scheme, we had just €30m to allocate and the record level of applications would have left a large number of good projects unsupported and many clubs disappointed.
Happily, following the conclusion of budget discussions, I was delighted to secure the required additional resources to enable me to allocate €56m in total to local sports clubs and organisations throughout the country.
The net result of this is that we are able to provide financial assistance towards over 1,700 different projects all over the country.
The benefits of participating in sport are well documented, for both physical and mental health, and these new grants for local clubs will help us in our overall objective of getting as many people participating in sport as possible.
The grants are also excellent news for our communities both rural and urban, as club sport is a superb way to bolster local pride, affinity and inclusion.”
A further €4m has been set aside for regional grants. These allocations are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
The full list of awards is here