Some €40 million is being made available in 2021 under a new round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP), Clare TD Joe Carey confirmed today.

The system will be open for applications from December 11 right up to February 12, 2021.

Deputy Carey said a handy guide to making an application has been published and can be found at 

Welcoming the funding, Deputy Carey said: “The SCEP is the Government’s primary vehicle for providing support to sports clubs and communities to develop sports infrastructure around the country.

“The Covid pandemic has emphasised how important sport is to our society. As well as the pleasure and excitement generated by watching our sporting heroes, actively engaging in sport is critical for our physical and mental wellbeing.

“To allow as many people participate as possible, it is essential to have appropriate sports facilities and equipment available. To assist in this regard, I am delighted that this government is making €40 million available for sports clubs and community groups right across the country.”

Recent data published by Sport Ireland shows the gender gap in active participation in sport is now at its lowest level. Deputy Carey said the Government is committed to prioritising increasing female involvement in sport as participants, coaches, referees and administrators.

The local Fine Gael TD added: “The Sports Capital and Equipment Programme will help that important aim. Furthermore, it will boost participation in disadvantaged areas and ensure that those in every part of society can enjoy the physical and mental benefits of sport and exercise.”

Local clubs are urged to register and apply for funding on the Department’s online system at