Funding your sports project

There are a number of funding options available. Please click below to find out more about each option.

Go For Life Grants
Go-for-LifeOne of the main elements of the Go for Life Programme is the National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People. The grant scheme is a joint initiative between Go for Life and the Irish Sports Council. It funds groups and clubs who cater for older people around the country so that they can buy equipment, run sports events or try new activities.

Running since November 2001, each year the initiative allocates money to local groups all over the country, who are seeking to provide increased opportunities for older people to participate in sport and physical activity.

This National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People is one element of the extensive Go for Life Programme which has resulted from this allocation.

Overall Aim:

The National Grant Scheme aims to assist in the implementation of locally-developed, well-planned initiatives designed to increase participation in recreational sport and physical activity by older people. In particular, the scheme is aimed at:

  • Assisting local clubs/organisations to enhance existing opportunities for their members in recreational sport and physical activity;
  • Assisting local clubs/organisations to initiate new initiatives geared at involving older people in recreational sport and physical activity.

Sports Capital Programme
Background to SCP

DTTAS_logoThe Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment throughout the country.


The Sports Capital Programme is now online in a system called OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register). OSCAR will allow groups to view previous grants and payments, change contact details, seek payment of a grant and otherwise communicate with the Department online.

This will also be the only way to apply for grants under any future rounds of the Sports Capital Programme. Any organisation that wishes to make any future applications must first register online. Register early to ensure that you can apply under future rounds of the SCP.

When Can I Apply?

See for details on the next round of the programme. 

You Need a Tax Registration Number to Register

A Tax Registration Number (TRN) is required for all organisations wishing to register on OSCAR. The TRN is the unique identifier and user name for logging into the system.

You need written confirmation of the TRN from the Revenue Commissioner prior to completing the registration process either in the form of a tax clearance certificate or a letter from Revenue confirming your TRN. It is not permitted to use the TRN of your national governing body, regional grouping or of a different organisation. If your organisation already has a tax clearance certificate, the TRN is in the top left hand corner of the certificate.

If your organisation is not a limited company and does not currently have a TRN, getting one is simple. You complete the 1 page form ‘Registration Form for voluntary non-profit making organisations’ and return to your local Revenue Office. It should take around 10 working days to get written confirmation of your TRN.

If your organisation is a limited company, the form to be completed is Form TR2. In this case, you should ensure that your company is registered with the Companies Registration Office prior to application for a TRN.

Further information including the contact details for your local Revenue Office is available from Revenue and from the Companies Registration Office.

Fill in the online registration form

For more information and to register see

National Lottery Grant Scheme

National Lottery Grant Scheme

Under the National Lottery Act (1986), the Department of Health operates a National Lottery Discretionary fund under which we can provide once-off grants to organisations for the provision of health related services.  The fund is aimed at community groups and voluntary organisations operating in Ireland providing health services to specific client groups (like people with an intellectual and/or physical disability), providing information and support for various disabilities and illnesses or groups with a specific interest (like providing equipment for hospitals, for example).
If you have any queries relating to National Lottery funding, please contact the Finance Unit on 01-6354281 or 01-6354019.
Your organisation must have a valid tax clearance certificate or be a registered charity to be eligible for a grant.


The HSE has been allocated National Lottery Funding for distribution to community based groups and voluntary organisations under the following terms:
1. Respite Care Grant Scheme
2. National Lottery Grant Scheme
Applications are invited from groups and organisations involved in the provision of Health and Personal Social Services for once off funding for viable projects (non major capital projects) which can be completed within a reasonable period of time.

LSP Sport & Physical Activity Grants Scheme

The Sport & Physical Activity Grant Scheme is subject to funding.

  1. Purpose of the Scheme:

The broad goal of the Laois Sports Partnership is to increase participation in sport and physical activity among the population of Laois. As part of their programme of activity the Partnership will provide some financial resources to seek to achieve this goal. The central aim in the provision of grants will be the ability of the organisation to generate a long-term return on the monies provided.
2. a. Eligible Sectors:

  1. A) Schools
    B) Youthreach and after-school/homework clubs
    C) Individual Sports Clubs & Organisations
    D) Social & Community Groups
    b. Non Eligible Sectors:
  2. A) Private Individuals
    B) Clubs without a constitution/club rules
    C) Private Facility Owners
    D) Statutory Agencies
    Other non-eligible criteria:
    Applications will not be considered that qualify for funding under the following grant schemes;
    Sports Capital Programme
    2. Go for Life Grant Programme
    3. Local Youth Club Grant
    4. Dormant Accounts/Pobal
    5. Laois Partnership

Other areas of non-eligibility include administration costs such as transport, insurance and miscellaneous operational expenses. Prizes or trophies will not be eligible for funding.

  1. Eligible Grant Categories:
  2. School/Youth Activity Programme. Special consideration will be given to schools which link in with local clubs/community groups. Priority will be given to non mainstream activities such as dance, swimming etc with a specific focus on coaching.
  3. Coaching – e.g. for club development, leadership/coaching courses etc. Priority will be given to applications from minority sports.
  4. Community/Workplace Activity Programmes – The central focus of the programme must be on the adult sedentary (non-active) population. Priority will be given to applications supporting social inclusion with a specific focus on coaching e.g. Community Groups, Social & Community Groups & Sports Clubs. Please note that older adult groups are covered under the Go For Life programme.
  5. Social Inclusion Special Projects – where it can be shown that a unique, start up project/event answers the criteria as outlined above. These projects should demonstrate innovation and sustainability. The cost of programme delivery should be specifically outlined. Priority will be given to applications supporting social inclusion and a specific focus on coaching e.g. all eligible groups.
    5. General Guidelines:
  6. All applications must be forwarded in closed envelopes and be clearly marked “LSP Grants Scheme”. Applications can only be made under one category. Applications will be opened in the presence of the Grants Committee of the Laois Sports Partnership only after the deadline has expired. N.B. Improper completion of an application form may render the application void. Specific focus this year will be on coaching throughout all categories.
  7. Evidence of financial needs and proposals for matching resources must be produced.
  8. Clubs must have a club constitution/club rules and list their current officers (Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer). Please attach copy to application form.  Clubs/organisations must have a representative whom has completed “Code of Ethics Awareness Training” and Disability Awareness Training.
  9. Priority will be given to projects which help to combat social exclusion or marginalisation and to groups where some resources are already available. Evidence of innovative partnership arrangements would be advantageous.
  10. Special consideration will be given to new groups and successful applicants in previous years may not succeed unless they can show phased sustainability of a programme.
  11. Grants will not be paid retrospectively i.e. for past programmes or activities except where these are still running.
  12. Evaluation on how the grant was spent will be required to be forwarded to LSP upon completion of project.

8. LSP can from time to time carry out “spot-check” on grants issued

Healthy Ireland Fund

Healthy Ireland, A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013-2025 is the national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of Ireland over the coming generation. Pobal administer this fund on behalf of the Department of Health.

In 2016, the Government approved the creation of a Healthy Ireland Fund with an initial allocation of €5 million approved in Budget 2017 to establish and support the implementation of Healthy Ireland programmes and projects in a variety of settings.

The primary aim of the fund is to support innovative, cross-sectoral, evidence-based projects and initiatives that support the implementation of key national policies in areas such as obesity, smoking, alcohol, physical activity and sexual health.

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