Carlow Sports Partnership Announces Two New Funding Opportunities for Sports Clubs & Community Groups


12th November 2021

1. Local Sports Participation Small Grant Scheme

Carlow Sports Partnership has secured funding from Sport Ireland to support the development of sport and physical activity with a particular emphasis on low participation groups such as young people, people with a disability, older adults, women and girls, ethnic minorities and people residing in disadvantaged areas. This fund aims to assist existing clubs and community groups that have physical activity and sport as their primary activity, and encourage the set-up of new clubs and groups to promote physical activity and sport. The maximum grant available is €2,000. This is a competitive fund. Evidence of match funding and/or benefit in kind will increase the chance of success for an application.


Application Form Local Sports Participation Grant Scheme.pdf

Guidelines Local Sports Participation Grant Scheme 2021.pdf


2. Round 2 Covid19 Small Grant

Scheme With many sporting clubs & groups now back to training and activity across the County we are delighted to announce details of the second round of the Covid-19 Club Small Grants Scheme for 2021. Funding support up to the amount of €1,500 is available. The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme is part of a series of COVID-19 related funding schemes from Sport Ireland and the Government to support the sports sector in response to the current crisis. The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme will provide assistance to local clubs with covering costs associated with the reopening and delivery of their activities. The COVID-19 Club Small Grants can be used to support retrospective COVID-19 related expenditure dating from 1st January 2021 onwards.


Application Form Covid19 Small Grant Scheme 2021.pdf

Guidelines Covid19 Small Grant Scheme 2021.pdf


Contact Carlow Sports Partnership: Clubs are advised to contact Carlow Sports Partnership via email or phone 087 214 5262 for further information on these grant schemes.





Sports Capital & Equipment Programme Funding Webinar



Carlow Sports Partnership are delighted to announce an exciting Sports Capital Grant session for our clubs.



The session will cover the dos and don’ts of the Sports Capital programme and how Carlow clubs can come out on top.

Based on previous evidence, between 10%-20% of all applications were invalid, meaning that the applications were completed incorrectly. Only the top 75% of valid applications will receive funding, which is based on a scoring system.  The aim of this workshop is to increase the number of valid and successful applications submitted by Carlow sports clubs.

It is hoped that this event will help encourage more of our clubs to apply as the programme not only funds infrastructure work, it also funds non-personal sports equipment which can include protective wear, gym equipment, portable sports equipment, storage containers and much more. Its important for sports clubs to make an application large or small as the programme does support new and growing sports across Ireland.

This is your opportunity to gain valuable insight from experts on a programme from the experts in securing these grants. The deadline for applications is Monday 1st March 2021 so it’s important for clubs to get started on the application process in order to be ready for the deadline.

Cost: €5 per club

To book your place click on the following link: [change]

Healthy Ireland Community Mental Health Small Grant Scheme

Healthy Carlow Community Mental Health Small Grants Scheme 2020

Carlow County Council, on behalf of Carlow Local Community Development Committee (Carlow LCDC) is now seeking applications from community and voluntary organisations for a Community Mental Health Small Grants Scheme to deliver actions or projects which are in line with the Mental Health theme of Healthy Ireland.

  • The Scheme offers small grants for projects with a minimum spend of €2000 and up to a maximum of €5000
  • Funding is exclusively for programme activity under the Healthy Ireland theme of Mental Health to be completed by the end of 2020.
  • Applications must be made by 5pm on Friday 10 July 2020

Healthy Ireland, A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013 is a national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of Ireland over the coming generation. Now in its 3rd year, the ‘Healthy Ireland Fund’ aims to support innovative sectoral, evidence-based projects, programmes and initiatives that support key national policies in areas such as mental health, physical activity, nutrition and sexual health, tobacco and alcohol and development of spaces and places for health and wellbeing.

Full information, guidelines and the application form can be found at

Applications should be forwarded to:

Where possible, applications should be made electronically. Where this is not possible, applications may be made by post to:

Healthy Carlow

Community Section,

Carlow County Council,

County Buildings,

Athy Road,



For any queries, please contact Suzi Doyle, Healthy Carlow Coordinator or 087 405 1253.