Concerns over the geographic breakdown of sports grants as well as lack of grant funding for certain sports types have been raised in recent years.
The Sports Capital and Equipment Programme is the main vehicle for government support to develop sports facilities across the country. Over 13,000 projects received funding since 1998 to the tune of €1.1 billion, with the highest amount in the history of the State granted in 2022.
Applications are determined on a points-based scoring system, with safeguards in place to ensure a fair and transparent assessment process is in place.
However, in addition to other concerns, there was also controversy in 2018 over the number of grants dished out to fee-paying schools in a Ministerial constituency.
A new, more complicated grading system was introduced in 2020 to address these issues and grade applications more evenly on population and demand, while also limiting access for fee-paying schools.
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We want to take a deep dive into the data to find out if there are any discrepancies in the figures with certain constituencies receiving significantly more than others.
We also want to speak to sports clubs and representative groups to understand the importance of grants for clubs across the country and find out if the new grading system is working fairly in practice.
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