Longford seeks the least Sports Capital Funding

The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport has said there has been “unprecedented demand” for Sports Capital Funding.

The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport has said there has been “unprecedented demand” for Sports Capital Funding.

Applications for the Sports Capital Programme closed on June 1 with over 2,150 sports clubs and organisations applying for funding across the country. 30 clubs in Longford applied for funding seeking a total of €1, 873, 684, the lowest amount in the country.

Nationally, sporting organisations are seeking more than €224 million in funding for projects with just €30 million available on the programme.

Speaking this afternoon, Minister of State Michael Ring TD said the task of assessing applications will be very difficult.

“While we were delighted to have secured funding of €30m for new sports capital projects, demand has outstripped supply with €7.50 sought for every €1 we can allocate.

“We would love to support every deserving project, but the harsh reality of life is that there are limits to what we can do. That is why expectations have to be realistic. There is an insatiable demand for funding and there will still be a large number of disappointed applicants, ” he said.

Department officials are now processing applications with successful applicants set to be notified in the late autumn or early winter.

County-wise Longford sought the least amount of funding at €1, 873, 684 with just 30 applicants. Dublin sought the most, to a total of €33, 621, 690.