Help for clubs applying for Sports Capital Funding

Is your club prepared for the latest round of Sports Capital Funding?

  • 26 January 2017
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport in the Republic of Ireland, Shane Ross TD, and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, have announced that the 2017 Sports Capital Programme will be open for applications from 9am Monday 23 January 2017 on www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie.

Applications are being sought from sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities.  Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports clubs.

Clubs not previously registered on the Department’s online application system – OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register) need to do so in advance of this date and clubs are strongly encouraged to register now. The guide to making an application is available on the Department’s Sports Capital Programme website (www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie).



Immediate steps if your club/organisation is planning to apply:
1. If you have not registered previously, get registered immediately on OSCAR at  www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie.  The guide to OSCAR registration is available at http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/publications/sport/english/guide-registering-oscar/guidetoregisteringonoscar2016a.pdf. You will need a Tax Registration Number which can take up to 10 working days therefore do not delay in order to meet the 10th February deadline.
2. Familiarise yourself with the ‘Guide to making an Application’ http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/publications/sport/english/2017-sports-capital-programme-guide-making-application/2017-sports-capital-programme-guide-filling-out-application-form.pdf and the Youtube ‘How to’ videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq1kBv-FA7QcFmu8cdrIsTg 
3. Undertake any other preparatory work in advance of formally completing the application
4. Submit application by 5pm Friday 24 February 2017.

The Sports Capital Programme is the Government’s primary vehicle for supporting the development of sports facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment.

The programme funds:
• Natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts (including pitch drainage)
• Floodlighting
• Artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas
• Security fencing, ball stop netting and goal posts
• Hurling walls / handball alleys
• Building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets
• Building or refurbishment of sports halls and gyms
• Non-personal equipment including lawn mowers and defibrillators.  Anything set in the ground (such as goal posts) is not considered equipment.
• Any other capital projects that are clearly sporting in nature and that will increase participation in sport or improve performance

The Sports Capital Programme online system is called OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register).
This is the only way to apply for grants under the Sports Capital Programme. OSCAR also allows registered groups to view previous grants and payments, change contact details, seek payment of a grant and otherwise communicate with the Department online.
Any organisation that wishes to use the system must first register online. This guide will lead users through the registration process. Organisations only need to register once.

Getting Help Using OSCAR 
The Department has created several ways to help organisations use the OSCAR system:
1. Written guides to every stage of the programme (such as this document) available at http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sports-capital-programme
2. A YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq1kBv-FA7QcFmu8cdrIsTg
3. A growing knowledge base of frequently asked questions on all aspects of the programme www.sportscpitalprogramme.ie
4. Email SportsCapitalProgrammes@dttas.ie
5. Phone the official that deals with your county http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sport-unit-1-sports-capital-programmes-division

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 www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie ​