Sports Energy Support Scheme

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Please read the information below to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria prior to completing the above form.

Under Phase II, community-owned sports facilities in Co Donegal not specifically affiliated to a National Governing Body of Sport (NGB) or who do not currently qualify for TBESS or other government schemes, can now engage with Donegal Sports Partnership to ascertain if they are eligible to qualify for funding.  

This phase of the scheme will target community owned sports facilities which do not currently qualify for TBESS or other Government support schemes through Dept of Rural and Community Development, Local Development Companies or Local Authorities etc.

Sports clubs or facilities affiliated to Sport Ireland recognised National Governing Bodies of Sport should access support directly through their NGB.

The general cost of living increases such as rising costs in accommodation, rent, rates or labour costs are not eligible for this scheme as is fuel costs associated with the use of machinery, vehicles, travel or transport.

Donegal Sports Partnership now seek specific energy information from community owed sports facilities between the periods Sept 2019 -May 2020 and Sept 2022 – May 2023 in order to provide Sport Ireland and Dept of Rural and Community Development with an estimate of costs.

 The criteria of eligibility are as follows;

The Sports Energy Support Scheme (SESS) will contribute to the increased energy costs associated with providing sporting activity only.

Organisations applying for support must own/lease the sporting facilities or be the primary utility bill payer.

This scheme is aimed at supporting community owned facilities in Co Donegal only.

The eligibility period will relate to increased costs sustained between September 1st 2022 and May 31st 2023.

Energy costs associated with non-sporting activity such as bars, restaurants etc. are not eligible under SESS; however, such trading activity may be eligible for support under the Government’s Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS).

Pre-existing debts or deficits do not qualify

The scheme will not cover Private/Commercial gyms, pools & sports facilities (These are eligible to apply for TBESS)

The scheme will not cover Local authority facilities, school or third level sports facilities.

Applications of interest via the link provided before 5pm on Wednesday 24th May 2023.

Sport Ireland will make an initial assessment based on the level of requests and the outcome will be advised to Donegal Sports Partnership in July 2023, following which we will communicate with those who submitted an application of interest.

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