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Increased Sports Capital & Equipment Programme grants for 2023 - apply now!

July 12th, 2023

I am delighted to see my colleague, Minister Catherine Martin, has announced today that a new round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP) is opening for applications on July 17th.

The SCEP is the Government’s primary vehicle for providing funding support to sports clubs and communities to help develop sports infrastructure around the country, and I would encourage sports clubs and organisations across Carlow and Kilkenny to apply. These are the key points to note in considering your application:

Increase in grant amounts

Applicants for local projects can now apply for 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.

Focus on climate action and sustainability

In addition, this year’s SCEP “Guide to Making an Application” has a focus on climate action and sustainability for the first time, supporting local clubs to take steps to reduce their energy consumption and applying for more efficient lighting.

Gender equality focus

For the first time in the history of the SCEP, projects will only be considered for grant support if access is guaranteed to men and women on equal terms. As one of the stated objectives of the Programme is to increase female participation, all applications for funding of women-only facilities will be deemed valid for consideration.

Register now!

The first step in obtaining a grant is to register on the Department’s online system and I would encourage any clubs that are not already registered to do so now. Clubs can register at

Apply before September

Once registered, all applications must be made on the same website. The system will be open for applications from 17 July to 8 September.

What to apply for

The “Guide to Making an Application” was also published on the Department’s website today, and it includes a detailed list of projects that the programme funds, including:

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

  • energy efficient 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 sports equipment

  • modifications to sports facilities to reduce energy consumption

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

If you require any further information please contact my office and we'll try to help, but crucially don’t miss this great opportunity to avail of vital funding for your club or facility!


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