Cork City Council Sports Capital Grant Scheme

Cork City Council, through its Sports Capital Grant Scheme, seeks to assist local voluntary sporting organisations and clubs in developing and enhancing sports and physical recreation activities throughout the City.

The scheme is aimed at providing grant aid to projects that are directly related to enhancing facilities and must be of a capital nature.

The scheme is not intended as an alternative to any Department Sports Capital Grant Scheme or other sources of funding, but will complement any such scheme, possibly helping with local contributions to satisfy criteria of other funding agencies, or assisting with funding where certain works are not covered by other grant schemes.

Due to the continuing situation surrounding Covid-19 the 2021 Sports Capital Grant Scheme will not be launched until April 2021.


Minor Sports Grants (Under 5k)

This Scheme will allow for minor capital grants towards enhancement of premises, pitches etc., as well as allowing for the purchase of non personal sports equipment that will be used for at least five years.


Major Sports Grants (€5k - €10k)

This Scheme will allow for capital grants to develop sport and active recreation facilities throughout the City.




(i)    Grant Application

The grant application must be from a local sporting organisation or club.

The grant applicant must be located within the City Boundary or provide evidence that the majority of those using the facility live within the City area as of Jan 1st 2020.

The grant application form must be completed in full with supporting estimates/quotations attached.

The applicant must have title to the property which they are enhancing, have a licence or lease greater than 7 years, or provide a letter of comfort from the landlord in relation to title.


(ii)    Proposed Works

Applicants must demonstrate that the proposed works meet a sporting need in the area and are of a capital nature.

Provide costings and time line for project.



(iii)    Other

Provide evidence of any other funding, evidence of own funding, and copy of previous two years accounts. 

Undertake to refund Cork City Council for any grant given if the facility changes use or ceases to operate.

An acknowledgement sign will be required to be erected where appropriate.

Inspections by Cork City Council of works/equipment funded by this scheme must be facilitated by recipients. 


A sum of €400,000 has been provided for the Scheme in 2020.

The list below shows the allocation of Cork City Council's Sports Capital Grant Scheme for 2020.  This allocation was approved at the meeting of Cork City Council held on Monday 8th June 2020.



In 2019, €270,000 was allocated to 66 clubs across Cork city.

St. Finbarr's National Hurling & Football Clun

Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr John Sheehan, with Denis Bohane, Chairperson, St. Finbarr’s National Hurling & Football Club, Niamh Fitzgerald, Cork City Council, Sofia Daly and Sam Daly, at the unveiling of the new dugouts which were grant-aided by Cork City Council’s Sports Capital Grants.


How to apply

Application forms are available from the Sports & Sustainability Section, Cork City Council, City Hall, Cork.

Tel:- 021-2389853,  E-mail: or by downloading the form below. 

Completed forms with all supporting documentation, addressed to the Administrative Officer, Sports & Sustainability Section, must be returned before 5pm 6th March 2020.