Sports Capital Funding 2017
***Sports Clubs are advised to start planning NOW and prepare for making application as there are some pre-requisites to submitting an online application.
€30M Grant scheme for improved sports facilities and equipment
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’ Donovan T.D., announced today (Wednesday 21st December 2016) that €30m is being made available under the Sports Capital Programme to develop sports infrastructure around the country. In this regard, online applications will be accepted from the 23rd January to the 24th February, 2017. Clubs not previously registered on the Department’s online application system need to do so in advance of this date and the Ministers encouraged clubs to register now. The guide to making an application was also published on the Department’s Sports Capital Programme website today ( www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie ).
Minister Ross stated “I am delighted that this funding is being made available. The Sports Capital Programme aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sport and recreation facilities and it has transformed the sporting landscape of Ireland with improvements in the quality and quantity of sporting facilities in virtually every village, town and city in the country. The new €30 million programme provides an opportunity for further improvements and I would urge all organisations with a suitable project to consider making an application”.
The Minister of State, Patrick O’Donovan highlighted some of the changes to the terms of the new programme. “The Programme for Government contains the aim of allocating sports capital grants on an annual basis and since being given responsibility for sport, I have been struck by the huge level of interest in the Sports Capital Programme across so many different sporting disciplines. I was determined to make the application process as simple as possible and in this regard we have significantly shortened the application form, issued new guides for completing the form and my Department is also arranging a series of regional workshops in the new year to assist applicants. The upcoming holiday period provides a good opportunity for clubs to get registered on www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie, familiarise themselves with the guide and undertake any other preparatory work in advance of formally submitting their application”.
Clubs who wish to register on the Department’s online system can do so now at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie. Once registered, all applications must be made on the same website. The system will be open for applications from the 23rd January. A guide to making an application and a link to YouTube video instructions is also available on the website.
Additional Information regarding Sports Capital
IMPORTANT! Clubs must be registered on OSCAR to apply for Sports Capital Grants
Background to the Sports Capital Programme
The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is managed by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment throughout the country. Grants are available to sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities. Third level colleges, VEC’s and schools may also apply for funding jointly with sports clubs.
The Sports Capital Programme online system is called OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register).
This is the only way to apply for grants under the Sports Capital Programme. OSCAR also allows registered groups to view previous grants and payments, change contact details, seek payment of a grant and otherwise communicate with the Department online.
Any organisation that wishes to use the system must first register online. This guide will lead users through the registration process. Organisations only need to register once.
Getting Help Using OSCAR
The Department has created several ways to help organisations use the OSCAR system:
1. Written guides to every stage of the programme (such as this document) available at http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sports-capital-programme
2. A YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq1kBv-FA7QcFmu8cdrIsTg
3. A growing knowledge base of frequently asked questions on all aspects of the programme www.sportscpitalprogramme.ie
4. Email SportsCapitalProgrammes@dttas.ie
5. Phone the official that deals with your county http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sport-unit-1-sports-capital-programmes-division
You Need a Tax Registration Number to Register
A Tax Registration Number (TRN) is required for all organisations wishing to register on OSCAR. The TRN is the unique identifier and user name for logging into the system.
You need written confirmation of the TRN from the Revenue Commissioner prior to completing the registration process either in the form of a tax clearance certificate or a letter from Revenue confirming your TRN. It is not permitted to use the TRN of your national governing body, regional grouping or of a different organisation. If your organisation already has a tax clearance certificate, the TRN is in the top left hand corner of the certificate.
If your organisation is not a limited company and does not currently have a TRN, getting one is simple. You complete the 1 page form ‘Registration Form for voluntary non-profit making organisations’ and return to your local Revenue Office. It should take around 10 working days to get written confirmation of your TRN.
If your organisation is a limited company, the form to be completed is Form TR2. In this case, you should ensure that your company is registered with the Companies Registration Office prior to application for a TRN.
Further information including the contact details for your local Revenue Office is available from Revenue and from the Companies Registration Office.
Fill in the online registration form
For more information and to register see www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie