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Thursday, 6th August 2020

€1.5k available to Louth sports clubs to help them reopen

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Louth Local Sports Partnership have launched a Covid-19 Small Grant Scheme to help sporting clubs and groups reopen with a payment of up to €1,500 per club available.

The Covid-19 Grant Scheme is part of a programme from the Government of Ireland, implemented through Sport Ireland and its network of Local Sports Partnership to support the sports sector in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Who can apply?

  • Sports and Physical Activity Clubs affiliated to an NGB
  • Other sport and physical activity clubs
  • Community Groups who provide sport and physical activity opportunities to their members 

What can be applied for?

  • COVID-19 Related Costs for Hygiene Consumables (E.g. Hand sanitizer, soap, face masks, gloves etc.)
  • COVID-19 Related Infrastructure Costs (E.g. Plexiglass screens, wall mounted dispensers, signage)
  • COVID-19 Related venue/equipment cleaning costs
  • Increased venue hire costs to comply with social distancing
  • COVID-19 Related Volunteer Training Costs
  • COVID-19 Related Staff Training Costs
  • Additional Registration/ Event Management Costs (E.g. admin or IT costs to manage self-declarations). 

This grant scheme is designed and intended to support return to sporting activities only and cannot be used to support COVID-19 costs related to hospitality services such as bars or restaurants within sports facilities.

The scheme will be based on identified needs. Louth LSP and Sport Ireland will work together to ensure that the investment is distributed fairly and every effort will be made to ensure that the wider sports community benefits from this scheme.

There is a €1,500 limit per club on this grant scheme however applications will be means tested and only clubs with the most need will be eligible for the full amount. Clubs should not feel that they have to apply for the full amount to be considered for support.

The Coordinator ofLouth LSP, Graham Russell, said: “Louth LSP welcomes the announcement of financial support for sports clubs across Ireland and encourages all sports clubs in Louth to assess their need for financial support towards COVID-19 related hygiene and social distancing protocols.”

Clubs are advised to contact Áine McDonald on aine.mcdonald@louthcoco.ie or 042-9324318 for further information on this scheme.

  • Only one application can be submitted per sport club
  • Applications to Louth LSP are only applicable to clubs based within Louth
  • Clubs must ensure that, where available, they prioritise the application for funding support via their National Governing Body or relevant representative body. Funding support for the same purpose should not be sought from multiple sources

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 1st September 2020 at 3.00pm. Guidelines and application form are available here:  CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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