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Don’t Miss Out! Capital sports grant deadline approaches

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Ardee St Marys face Cooley Kickhams in Darver. The An Post Ras is coming to Ardee in 2017. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

The deadline for applications for the 2017 Capital Sports grant is fast approaching – with the closing date for applications next Friday, 24th at 5pm.

However, clubs are encouraged to ensure they get their applications into the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport as soon as possible because should their be an issue with a completed application submitted before the deadline, the department will only accepting re-submissions before 5pm next Friday. In short, there will be no second chances.

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All clubs applying for funding must be tax registered and no shortage of local sporting organisations are keen to get their hands on some of the €30 million that has been made available under the Sports Capital Programme for 2017.

The aim of the sports capital grant is to develop sports infrastructure across the country. It supports the development of sports facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment.

This includes pitches, tracks, netting, goalposts, fencing and floodlights as well as the building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers, toilets and gyms plus equipment like lawnmowers and defibrillators.

Local sports clubs in Ardee benefitted hugely from the last tranche of Capital Sports Programme money in 2015, receiving almost €130,000.

Ardee Rugby Club and Westerns GFC were granted €55,000 and €52,000 respectively. Ardee Celtic were awarded €15,000 in funding while Cuchulainn Archers were given €7,000.

Westerns’ €52,000 has gone towards their new clubhouse build at their Reaghstown base (above).

In 2014, €180,000 was awarded to Ardee sporting ventures in 2014, but the vast majority of that was the €100,000 that went to Ardee Community School and €70,000 that went towards work at Hunterstown Rovers’ Pairc Baile Fiach. A further €10,000 was granted to Ardee Archery Club.

In 2012, funding from the Capital Sports Grant was given to Sean McDermotts GFC (€20,000), Ardee Celtic (€17,000) and the Irish Wheelchair Association’s Ardee Sports Project (€16,500).

If any club committee members have any queries about their capital sports grant application, they can contact local Independent councillor Jim Tenanty on 087 371 7883 and he will be able to advise further. The deadline for registration passed at 5pm on Friday February 10th 2017.

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