Sports Capital Grant Scheme 2024

Sports Capital Grants 2024

Please read the following guidelines carefully before applying.
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 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 the criteria of other funding agencies or assisting with funding where certain works are not covered by other grant schemes.
A sum of €500,000 has been provided for the Scheme in 2024.

Scheme Details

Minor Sports Grants (Under 5k)
This Scheme will allow for minor capital grants towards the 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.
All applications are to be made here online, through Cork City Councils Submit Application Portal by Sunday 31st March 2024 at 5.00pm.

Conditions of the Grant Scheme

Grant Application
  • The grant application must be from a local sporting organisation or club;
  • Membership of the club or organisation must not be subject to restrictions and/or conditions;
  • 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 1st January 2024;
  • The grant application form must be completed in full along with supporting estimates/quotations attached. Please note that one quotation is required for grant applications less than €5,000 and three quotations for grant applications greater than €5,000;
  • The applicant must have title to the property which they are enhancing, have a license or lease greater than 7 years, or provide a letter of comfort from the landlord in relation to title.
Proposed Works
  • Applicants must demonstrate that the proposed works meet a sporting need in the area and are of a capital nature;
  • Applicants must provide costings and timeline for the project;
  • Show evidence of expenditure, receipts/invoices must be retained and will need to be provided to Cork City Council when requested;
  • The information supplied by the applicant group/club must be accurate and complete.
  • All buildings must be covered by a fire insurance policy, which fully indemnifies Cork City Council;
  • Applicants will be required to indemnify the Council against all and any claims arising from its involvement with the works;
  • Applicants should have appropriate Public Liability Insurance and, where necessary, Employer's Liability Insurance and should ensure that any Contractor employed by them has an adequate level of cover;
  • While the Council does not require copies of these insurances, this does not exempt the firms or applicants from their insurance requirements, nor does it exempt the Fund recipients from their responsibility to ensure the works and groups/firms carrying out the works are adequately insured.
  • Provide evidence of any other funding, evidence of own funding, and copy of previous two years' club 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;
  • Any subsequent changes to the proposal (from what was described in the original application) must be agreed in writing with the Council in advance of work commencing. Failure to do so may jeopardise the payment of the Council’s contribution;
  • Successful applicants may not drawdown the current year’s grant allocation if an awarded allocation from the previous year remains undrawn;
  • A maximum of one grant only will be provided to each qualifying club or organisation but if the juvenile or ladies' side of the club is completely separate then a separate grant would be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • All grants must be drawn down within twelve months of the date on which the Council notifies successful applicants of their allocation.
Freedom of Information
Please note that information supplied in or accompanying this application may be made available under the Freedom of Information Act 2014.
It is understood that your Organisation/Club does not deny access on the grounds of gender, civil status, family status, age, disability, race, sexual orientation, religious belief, or membership of the Traveling Community without just, reasonable and proper cause.
Child Protection
It is understood that your Organisation/Club has proper child protection and welfare policies and procedures in place.
 Data Protection
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Please note: The 2022 Sports Capital Grant Scheme online application referenced on this page is administered through a third party,, contracted by Cork City Council to process online submissions.  You will be presented with the privacy policy and terms and conditions if you choose to use the service and will be asked to register with your e-mail address. More information can be found in our privacy policy:

Application Form

Grant applications open on Wednesday 14th February. The closing date is Sunday 31st March 2024.
The application form is detailed and is designed to ensure that it has the necessary information to evaluate each proposal accurately and fairly. Please ensure that you complete the application form in full and that any documentation in support of your application is submitted with your application.
Only projects that meet the criteria outlined above will be considered eligible.


For queries, please e-mail the Sports and Sustainability Section of Cork City Council at or call Paul Galvin - 021 492 5515 / Frank Fitzgerald - 021 492 4440.