Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Sport, Kevin O’Keeffe TD has said that the shortened, and streamlined, application process for the Sports Capital Grant scheme should entice more sports clubs to consider applying for funds in 2017.

Deputy O’Keeffe was commenting following receipt of a parliamentary reply from the Junior Minister for Sport, Patrick O’Donovan.

“The Minister has informed me that the application process has been streamlined from a 14 page application to just six now.”

“This is a welcome development as I know during former funding rounds; clubs were run ragged attempting to fill out applications which required significant levels of information.”

“We need to remember that the vast majority of sports clubs in Ireland are volunteer run. They aren’t professional administrators, so any reduction in the bureaucratic requirement to apply for the Sports Capital Grant scheme in 2017 is very welcome.”

“€52 million has been announced for the Sports Capital Grants next year. I would urge clubs and organisations to begin the process of identifying potential projects that require funding, and obtaining the information needed for the application process,” concluded O’Keeffe.