COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme - Aiding Clubs In Their Return To Sport

Sports clubs in Carlow can now apply for COVID-19 Club Small Grants

of up to €1,500

through Carlow Sports Partnership.


The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme is part of a series of COVID-19 related funding schemes from Sport Ireland, following the announcement of €70 million of funding by the Government to support the sports sector in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme will be implemented by Sport Ireland’s network of Local Sports Partnerships and will provide assistance to local clubs with covering costs associated with the reopening of sports clubs. This scheme is separate to the Sports Club Resilience Fund, which will be delivered through National Governing Bodies.

This scheme is designed to support sports clubs that do not have the finances to implement COVID-19 related hygiene and social distancing protocols. The COVID-19 Club Small Grants can be used to support COVID-19 related expenditure dating from 2nd May 2020 onwards (Date of publication of Government roadmap to recovery). As the total fund available is limited, clubs that already have the finances to implement COVID-19 protocols should not apply.

This grant scheme is designed and intended to support return to sporting activities only and cannot be used to support COVID-19 costs related to hospitality services such as bars or restaurants within sports facilities.

The scheme will be based on identified needs.  Carlow Sports Partnership and Sport Ireland will work together to ensure that the investment is distributed fairly and every effort will be made to ensure that the wider sports community benefits from this scheme. There is a €1,500 limit per club on this grant scheme however applications will be means-tested and only clubs with the most need will be eligible for the full amount. Clubs should not feel that they have to apply for the full amount to be considered for support.

Speaking regarding the launch of the COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme, LSP Coordinator with Carlow Sports Partnership, Martha Jane Duggan, said “Carlow Sports Partnership welcomes the announcement of financial support for sports clubs across Ireland and encourages all sports clubs in Carlow to assess their need for financial support towards COVID-19 related hygiene and social distancing protocols.”

Clubs are advised to contact Teresa O’Meara at Carlow Sports Partnership for further information on this scheme.

  • Only one application can be submitted per sport club and the online application is accessible by clicking this link 
  • Applications to Carlow Sports Partnership are only applicable to clubs based within County Carlow
  • Funding applications must be submitted prior to Monday 7th September 2020 via the application form on Carlow Sports Partnership‘s website
  • Clubs must ensure that, where available, they prioritise the application for funding support via their National Governing Body or relevant representative body. Funding support for the same purpose should not be sought from multiple sources


Further Information:

Teresa O’Meara, Development Officer with Carlow Sports Partnership

Email:  | Phone: 059 9170380 | Mobile: 087 386 8973

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View the full booklet online (click on image) and use the live links. Save it to your PC or handheld for use at any time.

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You can listen back to the interview here

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On the following Sport Ireland page you will find relevant information on the return to sport in phase 1 and beyond. This webpage includes additional details on the Return to Sport Expert Group, Guidelines on Sport and Physical Activity in the Outdoors and a list of sports which can now resume.

This page will be updated regularly to bring you the most up to date and relevant information.