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Return to Sport Investment Scheme 2024 - Now Open for Applications

This scheme is now OPEN for applications in 2024, please see below deatils of how the the initiative operates this year. For more information / queries please email or phone 094 -9064360.

The scheme, supported by Sport Ireland, has a total available fund of €35,000 which is categorized under 2 headings. To apply go to Return to Sport Small Grant Scheme 2024 | Mayo County Council

In order to complete the online form you will need to register on the consult platform for details see HERE

1. Participation Fund (€25,000) -Invites clubs and organizations who have sport / recreation as their central focus to submit proposals which would return participants to sporting activities and/ or increase participation amongst disadvantaged groups of our population. (Max amount per application €1000)

2. Volunteer Training / Education Fund (€10,000) – Coach Education and general volunteer training ie First Aid etc can be supported to a maximum of 50% of the total cost. Note: Excludes Safeguarding courses as these are already subsidized by the Partnership.

Since the scheme was established hundreds of initiatives have been assisted in communities across Mayo. The continued development of GAA, Soccer and Rugby for All in clubs has been supported with considerable awareness of the need to include people with a disability in all sports.

Mayo Sports Partnership Chairman Cllr Michael Loftus commented “Sports volunteers in every community across Mayo is doing outstanding work and we are delighted to be able to support them in whatever small way we can. We will continue to especially support initiatives that target increased participation in those hard to reach disadvantaged groups  ”.Sports Partnership Head Charlie Lambert added: “ A big thank you to Sport Ireland for their continued support in making this funding available through Mayo Sports Partnership. With the assistance of Mayo County Council we would hope to be able to make these allocations, once approved by the Sports Partnership committee, in June 2024”.

Organisations / Groups are asked to note that any capital / building projects are not eligible for investment under the schemes criteria and clubs should refer to the governments sports capital programme, see . Other items such as ongoing costs for teams ie travel costs, competition costs, registration fees, sponsorship etc are also not eligible.    

Please note that all applications are to be made online with the link to the above funding streams available at Return to Sport Small Grant Scheme 2024 | Mayo County Council   

Closing date for is 5pm on Friday 10th May 2024,

maximum allocation to any one project can be €1,000, this is dependent on meeting the criteria and overall quality of the initiative. The Mayo Sports Partnership committee will decide on all successful applications and its recommendations are final.

If clubs / groups require assistance on the scheme email or phone the Sports Partnership office at 094-9064360.

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