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Early Sports Capital Funds Kick In

Latest press release from Simon Harris TD, issued on Monday, 20th May 2019…

Wicklow TD Minister Simon Harris has today announced that Co Wicklow sporting organisations will benefit from an early allocation of €417,861 for equipment only applications to the Sports Capital Fund.

Minister Simon Harris met with Minister of State with responsibility for Tourism and Sport last week and raised the issue of allocations to clubs awaiting funding for much needed equipment. Speaking after the meeting, Minister Harris said, “I am delighted to confirm that Wicklow has received half a million euro in funding for just the equipment based Sports Capital applications. The Sports Capital Grant has become a very successful tool to aid the development of our sporting organisations and we in Co Wicklow have benefitted significantly each year. This year, Minister Griffin has agreed to allocate the ‘equipment only’ applications ahead of the larger capital applications to ensure there is no unnecessary delays for clubs. The equipment only applications can be processed and assessed much faster than the larger applications so this is really a common sense approach.”

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Minister Harris continued, “Having visited Wicklow Rowing Club on Saturday to unveil a new skiff purchased thanks to the 2018 Sports Capital scheme, it is fantastic to be able to confirm almost half a million euro in new funding for projects like this again today. Indeed, Wicklow Rowing Club will receive an additional €20,000 this year for an offshore Quad FISA Boat with trailer this year. This €417,861 will mean significant improvements for clubs throughout Co Wicklow and I am really delighted to have been able to assist. As Minister for Health and a local TD, I am determined to do all I can to assist people to live healthier lives. Making sports clubs more accessible is key to helping our community to be more active.”

“I look forward to meeting with Minister Griffin regarding the larger Sports Capital Applications from Co Wicklow shortly.”

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