September 23, 2020
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Wicklow clubs can tap into €70m fund as whistle blown on restart of sport – TD

Wicklow clubs can tap into a €70m fund to help them get going again now that the whistle has been blown on restart of sport, a Fine Gael TD has said.

“The Government has announced a really significant new funding package of up to €70m, to help sports across the country restart activity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Minister for Health Simon Harris said.

“This is great news for clubs and organisations in Wicklow who need help to get back up and running again after this enforced period of inaction.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious financial impact on the sports we all love, due to a huge loss of revenue from the cancellation of games and competitions.

“Sport of all kinds is so important to the health and wellbeing of people all across Wicklow as well as serving to bind our communities together.

“I am informed that as part of this new funding package, up to €40m will be provided for the three main field sports organisations – the FAI, the GAA and the IRFU.

“There is also a Resilience Fund of up to €10 million designed to support National Governing Bodies who find themselves in need of assistance to avoid closing.

“€15 million is allocated to a Sports Club Resilience Fund, to help clubs in need of assistance to avoid closing.

“Finally, there is also a Sports Restart and Renewal Fund worth up to €5 million for clubs ineligible for the Government’s Restart Grants scheme (as they are not solely commercial trading entities), or the Government supports for the community and voluntary sector to cope with the challenge of COVID-19.

“The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport will now engage with Sport Ireland to design the new grant schemes. Sport Ireland will then announce an open invitation for applications from funded bodies for assistance under the grant scheme, with the funding to be distributed through the National Governing Bodies.”


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