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Sports Capital Programme

Ó: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Teanga: Níl leagan Gaeilge den mhír seo ar fáil.

The Programme is currently closed for applications.

With the evolving COVID-19 situation we are aware many sporting cubs and organisations are facing disruption. Our aim in the Sports Capital Programmes Division is to continue to support you and we encourage you to continue to contact us to advance your project.

We will continue to do all that we can to respond as quickly as possible to any queries that you might have but as resources are diverted in response to the challenge posed to the nation by COVID-19 the level of service that we provide may be affected.

Your understanding in this regard is appreciated. We will remain flexible in our response as the situation develops but would advise that if you are having difficulty contacting us by phone it would be best to raise any query you have by email and we will get back to you as quickly as possible


The Sports Capital Programme is the primary vehicle for Government support for the development of sports and physical recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment throughout the country. Its objectives are to:

  • assist voluntary and community organisations, national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport, local authorities and Education and Training Boards and schools to develop high quality, accessible, safe, well-designed, sustainable facilities in appropriate locations and to provide appropriate equipment to help maximise participation in sport and physical recreation
  • prioritise the needs of disadvantaged areas and groups (such as people with disabilities) in the provision of sports facilities
  • encourage the sharing of sports facilities by clubs, community organisations and national governing bodies of sport.

The Sports Capital Programme is a Project Ireland 2040 initiative www.gov.ie/2040 .

Online System for Sports Capital Programme

The online OSCAR Website is the only way to apply for grants under the Sports Capital Programme. OSCAR also allows groups to view previous grants and payments, change contact details, seek payment of a grant and otherwise communicate with the Department online.

Before applying for a grant all organisations must first register on OSCAR Sports Capital Programme - Guide to Registration

All registered organisations are automatically notified when a new round of the programme is open for applications.

How to make an application

For general advice on how to make an application:

After each round of the SCP a review is undertaken with the aim of further improving the process. The Review of the 2017 round of the SCP is available here .

For information on how applications are assessed, read the 2018 assessment guide - this will be updated for each new round of the SCP

All of these documents will be updated to reflect any changes to the programme when a new round of the SCP is announced

How to get your grant paid

The Department has written a series of guides to assist grantees with getting formal approval and payment of their grants:

How to apply for formal approval

How to apply for payment on an existing grant

How to change contact details on Oscar

How to download documents on Oscar

Sports Capital Programme Allocations and Payments

You can see all Sports Capital Programmes Allocations to date.

Details of payments under the SCP are available here

Sports Capital Programme Guide to Accessibility

It is a requirement of the Sports Capital Programme that equipment and facilities funded by the Programme are accessible to people with disabilities. All capital projects must conform to the 7 principles of universal design

The department has prepared a guide on accessible gym equipment.

For more information, Cara - Sport Inclusion Ireland have created resource factsheets on how to make your sports facilities, equipment and activities more accessible to people with disabilities.

Further Information

If you require further information on the Sports Capital Programme, you can contact us at:

Sports Capital Programme
Address: Sports Capital Programmes Unit , Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport , New Road, Killarney , Kerry, V93 A49X
Email: sportscapitalprogrammes@dttas.gov.ie

For telephone queries, please ring the relevant county contact point as shown below:-

    Telephone Number County
    (+353 64) 6627369 Donegal, Cavan and Longford
    (+353 64) 6627367 Kildare, Tipperary, Sligo, Roscommon and Leitrim
    (+353 64) 6627301 Galway, Louth and Westmeath
    (+353 64) 6627338 Kilkenny and Offaly
    (+353 64) 6627368 Kerry and Monaghan
    (+353 64) 6627308 Waterford, Wicklow and Carlow
    (+353 64) 6627316 Meath
    (+353 64) 6627366 Dublin
    (+353 64) 6627371 Cork and Limerick
    (+353 64) 6627363 Wexford
    (+353 64) 6627220 Clare, Mayo and Laois
    (+353 64) 6627364 All local authorities
    (+353 64) 6627362 Regional and National Projects
    (+353 64) 6627374 Regional and National Projects

Tax Relief on Donations to Sports Bodies

If your sports club or organisation is acquiring land or a building, developing facilities or purchasing fixed, non-personal equipment for sports activities, or repaying a loan for any of these purposes, a provision in the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 provides for tax relief on donations made by individuals or companies to the sports body towards the cost of the project . This is a Revenue Commissioners scheme with the Sports Capital Division approving projects.

Tax Relief for Donations to Certain Sports Bodies


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