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€850k for AAI in Government Covid-19 Resilience Funding

AAI to get €850 in Covid-19 Resilience Funding

Monday November 2nd 2020


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Athletics Ireland Release


Minister Chambers added: “Sport has demonstrated its resilience throughout the ongoing pandemic. It is important that this resilience continues into the weeks and months ahead as we look to emerge from this crisis. The funding announced today will assist our sporting organisations and clubs in getting everyone active and keeping them active. This has never been more important and is essential for our physical and mental wellbeing. As we look to the future, it will ensure our high performance athletes and teams are as well prepared as possible ahead of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Similarly, it is vital that sports organisations are ready to return to activity as soon as public health circumstances allow.  ”

Athletics Ireland CEO, Hamish Adams said: "On behalf of Athletics Ireland I wish to personally thank the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media, Catherine Martin TD and the Minister of State for Sport and Gaeltacht Affairs, Jack Chambers TD for this much needed funding. All sport is suffering at this time and this significant investment by the State will ensure that we continue to deliver programmes that continue to support the health and well being of our nation."

Key to the schemes is support of grassroots across the country through schemes delivered through Sport Ireland’s network of Local Sports Partnerships and through National Governing Bodies. Approximately €20 million will benefit thousands of clubs through the various schemes.

Chairman of Sport Ireland, Kieran Mulvey, commented: “The  funding being allocated today will provide relief for funded bodies and clubs. It will provide much needed financial stability to the entire sector and has given organisations the confidence to continue trading through these difficult times. The funding recognises the wider economic and social impact of sport and the significant costs arising from the real threat of insolvency to sporting bodies. The needs of the disability sector were specifically addressed with a dedicated group being established to examine any particular issues arising during the Covid-19 pandemic; this has been recognised in our funding allocations. While the circumstances are unfortunate, Sport Ireland’s investment in 2020 is the largest ever investment package for sport. The recent budget announcement by the Ministers has reinforced that sense of confidence that support is available and we look forward to working with our funded bodies to address their needs in 2021.”

It has been recognised that the changing environment of restrictions has resulted in uncertainty and difficulty in planning for National Governing Bodies. This has been taken into consideration by Sport Ireland with funds being ring-fenced specifically to the address this issue.

Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy, said: “The initial schemes announced in June were designed to support Organisations with Covid-19 related losses in 2020. However, having engaged with our funded bodies, we understand that the current Level 5 restrictions present additional challenges. As such, we are ring-fencing finances to address any immediate needs that may arise in the sector in the coming weeks. Sport has shown itself to be incredibly resilient throughout the Covid-19 restrictions having made a critical contribution to Irish life with more people being active than ever before. Through exemptions put in place by Government, we have been able to follow high performance and professional athletes and teams, which has provided a welcome lift to the nation. We look forward to working with the sector in the challenging weeks and months ahead, and will continue to provide ongoing support.”


Download Covid-19 Funding Allocation

Notes on Funding Schemes:

    National Governing Body Resilience Fund

20 National Governing Bodies will be supported with in excess of €5 million to offset 2020 losses. Broadly, this funding encompasses the loss of income from events, ticket sales, sponsorship, affiliation & membership fees, courses and services and the additional costs arising from the implementation of social distancing and Covid-19 protocols.

Total NGB Funding Allocations:
Organisation Total €
Gaelic Games - GAA, LGFA, Camogie, GAA Handball 30,795,000*
Irish Rugby Football Union 18,000,000
Football Association of Ireland 13,000,000
Golf Ireland / CGI 2,730,000
Cricket Ireland 1,498,500
Gymnastics Ireland 1,380,000
Basketball Ireland 1,157,500
Horse Sport Ireland 1,040,000
Tennis Ireland 950,000
Athletics Ireland 805,000
Swim Ireland 780,000
Irish Sailing 650,000
Irish Athletic Boxing Association 645,000
Cycling Ireland 533,000
Badminton Ireland 369,000
Hockey Ireland 240,500
Triathlon Ireland 235,500
Rowing Ireland 149,000
Irish Martial Arts Commission 120,000
National Community Games 110,000
Archery Ireland 101,000
Student Sport Ireland 95,000
Irish Orienteering Association 77,000
Volleyball Ireland 71,500
Irish Underwater Council 70,000
Fencing Ireland 59,000
Motor Cycling Ireland 50,000
Irish Surfing Association 50,000
Bowling League of Ireland 50,000
Canoeing Ireland 48,000
ONAKAI 40,000
Pitch and Putt Ireland 39,000
Irish Squash 38,000
Racquetball Association of Ireland 33,000
Special Olympics Ireland 348,000
IWA Sport 194,000
Vision Sports Ireland 97,500
Irish Judo Association 24,000
Irish Ice Hockey Association 20,000
Rugby League Ireland 19,000
Bol Chumann na hEireann 12,500
Totals 76,724,500


Notes on Funding Schemes:

Club Resilience Fund

The Club Resilience Fund supports Sports Clubs that find themselves in need of assistance due to Covid-19. NGBs could elect to apply for funding directly on behalf of affiliated Clubs. Alternatively, NGBs provided an estimated level of support required for their club network and propose to run a Covid-19 Club Support Grant Scheme directly.

It is recognised that any of the challenges faced by Governing Bodies are replicated across their club network with income from affiliation & membership fees, events, competition, coaching courses and ancillary services all reduced. The additional costs arising from the implementation of social distancing and Covid-19 protocols have also had a significant impact on most club activities where the sharing of equipment, facilities and resources is common place.

Sport Ireland will not fund Clubs, Affiliates, Provinces or Branches directly and funding will be accessed through programmes established by each of the National Governing Bodies in receipt of funding.


Breakdown of NGB Funding Allocations:
Organisation Scheme Two Scheme Three Scheme Four Total
Golf Ireland - 2,700,000 30,000 2,730,000
Cricket Ireland 1,109,000 197,500 192,000 1,498,500
Gymnastics Ireland 270,000 1,000,000 110,000 1,380,000
Basketball Ireland 550,000 600,000 7,500 1,157,500
Horse Sport Ireland - 1,000,000 40,000 1,040,000
Tennis Ireland 150,000 800,000 - 950,000
Athletics Ireland - 590,000 215,000 805,000
Swim Ireland 100,000 500,000 180,000 780,000
Irish Sailing 100,000 550,000 - 650,000
Irish Athletic Boxing Association 145,000 500,000 - 645,000
Cycling Ireland 283,000 - 250,000 533,000
Badminton Ireland 75,000 294,000 - 369,000
Hockey Ireland 71,000 169,500 - 240,500
Triathlon Ireland 83,000 100,000 52,500 235,500
Rowing Ireland 90,000 32,000 27,000 149,000
Irish Martial Arts Commission - 120,000 - 120,000
National Community Games 60,000 50,000 - 110,000
Archery Ireland 15,000 62,000 24,000 101,000
Student Sport Ireland - - 95,000 95,000
Irish Orienteering Association - - 77,000 77,000
Volleyball Ireland - 21,500 50,000 71,500
Irish Underwater Council - 70,000 - 70,000
Fencing Ireland - 59,000 - 59,000
Motor Cycling Ireland 50,000 - - 50,000
Irish Surfing Association 50,000 - - 50,000
Bowling League of Ireland - 50,000 - 50,000
Canoeing Ireland - 48,000 - 48,000
ONAKAI - 40,000 - 40,000
Pitch and Putt Ireland - 39,000 - 39,000
Irish Squash - 28,000 10,000 38,000
Racquetball Association of Ireland - 33,000 - 33,000
Special Olympics Ireland - - 348,000 348,000
IWA Sport - - 194,000 194,000
Vision Sports Ireland - - 97,500 97,500
Irish Judo Association - 24,000 - 24,000
Irish Ice Hockey Association 20,000 - - 20,000
Rugby League Ireland 9,000 10,000 - 19,000
Bol Chumann na hEireann - 12,500 - 12,500


Sports Innovation Fund

NGBs, LSPs and other funded bodies were invited to apply for funding under this scheme.

Funding aims specifically to promote and develop new programmes and projects that can advance sport and physical activity in the post-Covid-19 public health era. Collaboration between sports organisations is encouraged; reference to the National Sports Policy is essential.


Restart & Renewal Fund

Scheme four – LSP small grants €1.9m supporting over 1600 clubs, dedicated funding for Disability and Older Adults, Broad range of Innovative and restart projects supported through LSPs/NGBs.

A Sports Restart and Renewal Fund of up to €5 million has been made available to support four primary focus areas:

1) An LSP Led Small Grants Scheme

2) A Disability Sport Support Scheme

3) Older Adults

4) A Sports Innovation Fund


LSP Small Grant Scheme

Through this scheme, Local Sports Partnerships were encouraged to operate a local scheme for small clubs and community groups similar to the national club scheme (Scheme Three). These schemes provide an additional mechanism to support community groups & clubs who may not be affiliated to a national organisation or recognised National Governing Body but provide a vital local service.

The primary aim of the grants is to cover the costs associated with implementing Covid-19 hygiene and social distancing protocols. There is a €1,500 limit on this grant scheme and only one application is accepted per club. The club grant scheme is designed and intended to support return to sporting activities only.


Disability Sport Support Scheme

In recognition of the disproportionate impact Covid-19 has had on people with a disability, Sport Ireland ring-fenced a proportion of the Scheme to directly target the disability sport sector.

A specific Disability Sport Working Group was established to identify & quantify the unique financial & sporting challenges for organisations delivering in this sector.

The Working Group was comprised of representatives from Special Olympics Ireland, IWA Sport, Vision Sports Ireland & Paralympics Ireland. Disability focused programmes in mainstream Governing Bodies and the broader sports and physical activity sector were represented by both CARA and the LSP Network.


Older Adults

Funding will be provided to Age & Opportunity and Ireland Active to deliver projects for older adults.


Local Sports Partnership Small Grant Scheme 
LSP Name Number of Clubs Funded Total €
Carlow LSP 32 33,225.00
Cavan LSP 59 70,393.78
Clare LSP 75 70,276.38
Cork LSP 155 174,781.00
Donegal LSP 73 90,648.06
Dublin City LSP 90 94,065.00
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown LSP 36 42,925.00
Galway LSP 101 126,036.73
Kerry LSP 59 74,921.83
Kildare LSP 44 48,509.42
Kilkenny LSP 18 17,797.29
Laois LSP 35 46,570.23
Leitrim LSP 29 34,650.68
Limerick LSP 94 89,126.00
Longford LSP 39 40,422.53
Louth LSP 80 102,247.05
Mayo LSP 60 75,450.00
Meath LSP 118 139,195.48
Monaghan LSP 41 55,918.83
Offaly LSP 44 47,995.96
Roscommon LSP 24 29,433.74
Sligo LSP 52 68,776.77
South Dublin LSP 42 55,898.00
Tipperary LSP 74 88,992.84
Waterford LSP 55 67,081.32
Westmeath LSP 44 52,981.25
Wexford LSP 45 45,148.00
Wicklow LSP 19 22,298.83
Total 1,637 1,905,767


Local Sports Partnerships & Participation Sports Innovation Projects
Organisation Total €
Carlow 49,000
Cavan 23,400
Cork 64,500
Donegal 15,000
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown 15,000
Galway 15,000
Kerry 20,645
Kilkenny 19,370
Laois 65,800
Limerick 10,000
Longford 12,000
Mayo 13,400
Meath 15,000
Monaghan 8,000
Offaly 10,000
Roscommon 4,220
Sligo 18,600
Tipperary 17,045
Waterford 35,345
Wicklow 18,580
Age and Opportunity 40,000
Ireland Active 75,000
Totals 564,905


'The devil is in the detail' - We await details of how Athletics Ireland will allocate it's funding, particularly the €215k under Scheme 4.  Clubs may also be eligible for LSP (Local Sports Partnership) funding, under their Small Grant Scheme which "cover the costs associated with implementing Covid-19 hygiene and social distancing protocols. There is a €1,500 limit on this grant scheme and only one application is accepted per club. The club grant scheme is designed and intended to support return to sporting activities only."

Cork Local Sports Partnership was allocated €175k under this heading, while Cork LSP was also allocated an additional €64.5k, under "Local Sports Partnerships & Participation Sports Innovation Projects"

Cork County Board will, in the next few days, be in contact with both AAI and CLSP, to ascertain what funding will be available to Cork County Board and it's member clubs.



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