• Sun. Jul 21st, 2024

Irish and Polish incentives to boost infrastructure

Authorities in both Ireland and Poland have released the details of incentives that can help clubs, schools and municipalities to improve their sports infrastructure.

The  Irish Minister for Rural & Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, together with her colleague Minister Joe O’Brien, have announced a further EUR 50 million in funding under the Community Recognition Fund 2024.

The Community Recognition Fund can assist with club’s development plans or provide the opportunity to obtain much-needed sports equipment.

All applications must be submitted through the Local Authority so please make direct contact with your relevant Local Authority today for further information.

Key details of the fund are highlighted below:

– Minimum Amount EUR 50,000
– Maximum Amount EUR 500,000

The Community Recognition Fund supports the development and/or refurbishment of sports clubs and facilities.

The fund supports the purchase of sporting equipment for sports clubs.

Examples such as – floodlighting upgrades, pitch developments, changing rooms refurbishment/development, or to acquire much-needed equipment for pitch maintenance or to ensure your teams are kitted out to play for the season ahead.

The fund is being managed by Local Authorities, and funding has already been allocated to each authority so now is the time to act and reach out to your Local Authority. For technical assistance on facility development, please get in touch with facilities@fai.ie.

Deadline for applications is the May 31st, 2024 but relevant deadlines may vary.

Sport Poland Programme 2024: Boosting Local Sports Infrastructure

Polish Programme for the Development of Local Sports Infrastructure

In a bid to bolster the nation’s sports infrastructure, the Sport Poland Programme – Programme for the Development of Local Sports Infrastructure, is set to kick off its 2024 edition. This initiative aims to provide support for investment projects aimed at enhancing sports facilities across the country, catering to both mass participation and professional training needs.

With a budget of PLN 200 million earmarked for co-financing, the programme is divided into three distinct groups targeting various aspects of sports infrastructure development.

The first group focuses on upgrading school sports facilities to not only cater to the needs of physical education classes but also to serve as hubs for local communities to engage in active leisure activities. These facilities are envisioned to be accessible to all, fostering a culture of sports participation and providing spaces for competitions.

The second group concentrates on improving training conditions for athletes, with a specific emphasis on Olympic sports. This includes the construction of new facilities and the refurbishment of existing ones to ensure they meet the technical and functional standards necessary for optimal training. Financial support in this category will be extended to sports clubs with notable achievements, as well as those poised for significant growth with the implementation of investment projects.

Lastly, the third group tackles the development of non-school sports infrastructure, emphasizing its role in promoting active lifestyles and preventive healthcare measures. Projects in this category aim to create spaces conducive to sports competitions and recreational activities, aligning with public approval and local sports needs.

The call for proposals for the 2024 edition of the programme will be open from March 20 to May 29, inviting stakeholders to submit their investment plans for consideration.

The application must be submitted only via the AMODIT electronic system, available on the website at: https://wnioski.msit.gov.pl/

Guy Oldenkotte

Guy Oldenkotte is senior editor of sportsfields.info and has been covering the outdoor sportssurfaces market and industry since 2003

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