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€200,000 to Support Limerick Community and More Inclusive Sport Involvement

Limerick Sports Partnership is to receive an additional €204,665 as part of government plans to help sport recover and grow in the aftermath of the COVID-19 restrictions.

A total €78.9 million euro has been allocated to National Governing Bodies and the Sports Partnership Network under two separate support programmes announced by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Sport Ireland.

The funding is to help sports organisations to recover and grow post pandemic, support our grassroots network of clubs and local sports partnerships, and ensure people of all ages and abilities return to sport and physical activity.

It is also funding the provision of sports equipment including the roll out of defibrillators for clubs, kits for school children and state of the art equipment for our high-performance athletes.

Specific funding has been announced for Limerick Sports Partnership of just over €200,000.

This is categorised as following:

Community Groups/Organisations providing sport and physical activity – Small Grant Scheme€142,000
Older Adult Good2GO Physical Activity Programme€20,160
Inclusion Learn to Cycle Programme€4,505
Migrant Education and Wellbeing Programme€8,000
Community Sport and Recreation Facility Grant – Manor Fields€30,000

Phelim Macken, Coordinator with Limerick Sports Partnership said, “this fund will provide us with opportunities to support community-based groups and organisations in delivering sport and physical activity opportunities in local communities.”

“Covid and the various lockdowns has greatly impacted organisations’ capacity to generate funding, which is used to keep facilities operational. Under our allocation, we will be hosting a small grant scheme shortly, to support community organisations, groups and minority sports, who do not have full-time staff in their National Governing Bodies (NGB).”

“All Limerick sports clubs affiliated to NGBs such as the GAA, FAI, Athletics, Basketball, etc., must apply to their relevant national body for funding under this national scheme. This funding scheme also provided supports for targeted interventions for groups greatly impacted during Covid restrictions. These included the older adult community, the migrant community and those in our community with a disability.”

Source: Limerick City & County Council

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