Sports Capital and Equipment Programme opens with increased thresholds for local and regional projects – Dillon

A Mayo TD has welcomed the news that a new round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP) will open for applications this month.

Deputy Alan Dillon said the SCEP is the primary vehicle for providing support to sports clubs and communities to develop sports infrastructure around the country.

“Applicants for local projects in Mayo can now apply for up to €200,000, increased from the previous maximum grant of €150,000. The maximum valid grant available for projects deemed to be of regional significance has been increased from €300,000 to €500,000.

‘In addition, this year’s SCEP “Guide to Making an Application” has a focus on climate action and sustainability for the first time, supporting local clubs to take steps to reduce their energy consumption and applying for more efficient lighting. For the first time in the history of the SCEP, projects will only be considered for grant support if access is guaranteed to men and women on equal terms. As one of the stated objectives of the Programme is to increase female participation, all applications for funding of women-only facilities will be deemed valid for consideration.”

Deputy Dillon said the fund will open for new applications from 17 July and will close on September 8.

He said: “I have seen first-hand the huge difference that Sports Capital and Equipment Programme grants make to sports clubs and community groups across Mayo. I am also very aware of the impact that construction inflation has had on our sports clubs and community groups in recent years and I am delighted to note that we are increasing the maximum grants available under the Programme. I look forward to working with all sporting groups and organisations across the county in relation to their applications.”

The first step in obtaining a grant is to register on the Department’s online system. Any clubs who are not registered are encouraged to do so now. Clubs can register at

The “Guide to Making an Application” was also published on the Department’s website today and can be found here: The Guide essentially sets out the terms and conditions of the Programme.