Sports Capital Allocations 2022

Sports Capital Programme Allocations 2022

Some months have now passed since the Sports Capital Programme, capital grant allocations were announced, and the appeals process is underway, it’s time to reflect on whether the grant allocations really did achieve what it set out to do.  

In total, €144 million was allocated in February to almost 1,900 applications with €6 million kept in reserve for the appeals process. This represents the largest investment in local sport through the programme and far surpasses the previous allocations in 2019 of approximately €55 million for regional and local capital projects.  

At the time of the announcement, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, said: “The grants we are announcing today will significantly improve sports facilities in every county. There is a huge variety of different sports covered and I was particularly pleased that the scoring system placed an even greater emphasis on female participation”  

So, what was the county split for the allocations this time compared to previous years?  

Sports Capital Grant Allocations 2022

It easy to look at this graphic and see that Dublin, Cork and Galway were the big recipients but that’s how the programme is designed in order to address population density of the big cities and therefore sport participants.

 What is more interesting is to look at the counties who have had the largest increase in allocations.  


Top 5 County for increases % increase in allocation from 2018
Laois 312%
Carlow 259%
Tipperary 258%
Monaghan 243 %
Westmeath 242%


We can also look at the provincial split for allocations and this does reflect the dominance of Dublin and its hinterland with the population stats for the country.  

Applications by Province 2into3 Sports Capital 2022

Allocations by Sport

The allocation by sport also shows some interesting statistics. The majority of the top 10 sport almost doubled their allocation but this does not show the government’s commitment to multisport centres which fared well also, with a 165% increase in allocations.  

Sports Capital Grant Allocations by sport 2022

This can also be looked at in terms of sports and which sports had the largest increases in grant allocation also.  

The GAA family includes LGFA and Camogie and they were extremely successful. The biggest turnaround this year was for the LGFA with a 1224% increase in their allocation and this can be attributed to the objective of the Ministers to increase female participation.  

Emerging Sports

However, there are several new sporting interests successfully attracting funds this time round. There is also an increase in the number of allocations to non-sport clubs who are also focused on the promotion of sport and increasing participation in sport.  

Emerging sports sports capital 2022

The type of applicant represents the diverse activists in local sports across Ireland and the rich fabric of sport in the Irish community.  

No of applications by applicant type sports capital 2022


The investment in grass roots and regionals sporting interests is extremely strong now and reflects the Governments objectives of increasing sport participation at all levels and abilities and it is hoped that this will continue in the upcoming round of the SCP and the much-anticipated Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund which can assist ambitious plans across the country.  

How can your club secure a Capital Grant in the next round of allocations? Here is a check list:

✓ Prepare early – be proactive
✓ Ensure correct title of property is in place or secure a lease for a minimum of 15years
✓ Agree what you are seeking a grant for and get a quote for the cost
✓ Do you share the land with other clubs/schools and how do you include others?
✓ Do you need planning permission?


2into3 Grants Advisory Service provide support to clubs, NGBS and LSPs in the development of Sports Capital and Equipment projects and in this grant- round were successful in attracting over €2million for 14 sports organisations across Ireland with a 97% success rate. Should you require any further information please contact Patricia Keenan.

Note: All Data in this document is based on data available from Department of Tourism, Culture,
Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Sports Capital Grant Allocations 2022

We are delighted to announce that 50% of our clients have secured 100% their sports capital grant in the 2021 Sports Capital Grant Applications. We successfully assisted clubs and NGBs to apply for €2million of funding for sports across Ireland for capital and equipment projects. There were 5 regional applications and 10 local applications. Clients included League of Ireland clubs, hockey clubs, golf clubs, GAA clubs, local schools, multi sports centre, local rugby, snooker and canoeing.

There was a record- level of €150 million provided for the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme. €144 million has been allocated to almost 1,900 applications with €6 million kept in reserve for successful appeals lodged by unsuccessful applicants.


Why 2into3?

Oftentimes, many clubs are not aware of the variety of grants available. At 2into3, we assist your organisation in your application process. We work with your club directly, ensuring that you’re aware of the range of grants available to apply for and your application is at the best standard possible. We have helped clubs secure over €3.3m in Sports Capital Grants since 2014.

Previous successes, in 2021, our clients secured over €2m in Sports Capital Grants. Our expertise in completing grant applications to a high standard has helped many clubs and NGB’s in Ireland.

From our experience, the successful applications that achieve their goals are the ones that are strategic and allow time to adequately prepare their application. If you’re interested in preparing the best Sports Capital application for 2022 and require our assistance, visit our Sports Capital Grant page for more information or contact Patricia Keenan on 086 065 7347 or +44 77 4326 7665.

Sports Capital Grant applications 2021 analysis 2into3

Sports Capital Grant Applications 2021

Sports Capital Grant applications 2021 analysis 2into3

A year of lockdown has not dampened Sports Clubs’ Ambition

In December 2020, the eagerly awaited Sports Capital and Equipment Grant programme opened for applications with an estimated budget of €40million. This also coincided with increased restrictions and the cancellation of all organised sport. Speaking at the launch of the programme, The Minister of State with responsibility for Sport, Jack Chambers, stated, “The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasised how important sport is to our society…critical for our physical and mental wellbeing. The new programme will again prioritise applications from disadvantaged areas…which will increase participation, including female participation and disabled users and those which share facilities with other users.”


What was the impact of COVID-19 to grant applications? How did clubs and the wider community respond to the uncertainty?

The Sports Capital and Equipment Grant programme received a total of 3,106 applications which were split across local applications (2,976 to a value of €177,438,655) and regional applications (130 to a value of €22,793,727). The total amount sought in this round is €200,232,382, which represents a 32.5% increase (or approximately €38.4 million) on the 2018 applications, indicating a strong demand locally and regionally.  

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, T.D, states, “It has been a tough year for many sports clubs, but the level of interest shows that clubs are determined to have improved facilities for their members when we emerge from the current Covid crisis.”

This optimism is evident through the level of interest in the Grants programme webinars offered by National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and the Local Sports Partnerships, to assist in explaining the application process, some of which attracted attendance of over 300 clubs in one session. 

2into3- Sports Capital Grant Applications 2021

Source: Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, 2into3 analysis 

However, although there are an increase in the number of application and the amount sought, what was the overall picture when we look at the amount sought per capita, per county?

2into3- Sports Capital Grant Applications per capita 2018- 2020

If we look at Dublin, there is a 23% increase in number of grants submitted however they amount sought per capita has dropped by 7%, whereas in Cork, the number of applicants increased by 20% and this was matched by 20% increase in amount per capita sought.

In Louth, the number of applicants more than doubled (63% increase) however the increase per capita sought increased by only 23%. These figures would suggest that there were smaller amounts being sought by a larger group of applicants and there is a greater diversity in the applicant base.  

 As the programme is designed to increase participation in sport, it is important for us to look at what sports are applying for grants in 2021? There were 63 different sport type organisations who applied for funding and the top ten sports remain similar from 2018, however their ranking in the top 10 has altered slightly.   

2into3- Sports Capital Grant Applications Top 10 Sports by Application

 Source: Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, 2into3 analysis 

However, its important to look beyond the Top 10 and see what the breakdown of sporting interests are across the country and who is seeking to develop their facilities. A total of €19,735,089 was sought by the remaining 53 sport types, with the highest of those being equestrian sports which is seeking €2,008,229 but the range of amounts sought goes down to 7,253.82. The full range of applicants is testament to the sporting life of the country and how it continues to grow despite challenges.  

 Other Sports by % of total grants sought

2into3- Total Grants Sought Sports Grant Application

Source: Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, 2into3 analysis 


Applicant type 

This diversity in sport is reflected in the groups who are applying to the programme for finance. The type of applicant tells us about the involvement of the wider community in submitting applications and not just as a licensee but as a community wide initiative to increase participation in sport. Nationally 75.3% of applications received were from Sports Clubs and the remainder from a cross section of the nonprofit sector.  

2into3- Applicant Type by Subsector Sports Capital Grant Application

Source: Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, 2into3 analysis 


In conclusion 

There is no decline in the ambition of sports clubs to continue to grow and develop their facilities and they are looking to the future as to how they can meet the current and future needs of their members. The Department are currently processing both local and regional applications and there is yet no indication as to when the allocations will be announced. However, given the level of interest in the programme and club engagement there is a will for sports clubs to survive through these challenges and continue to grow post lockdown.  


Patricia Keenan - 2into3 Belfast office

Patricia Keenan is a Senior Consultant with 2into3 and leads Grant Services on behalf of the company. She has delivered numerous webinars assisting clubs in the Sports Capital Application process, as well as managing individual Capital Grant Applications for regional and local funding on behalf of clubs and NGBs.

For more information, contact Patricia.

Sports Capital Grant Webinars

Helping clubs to prepare their Sports Capital Grant Applications

sports capital grants 2into3 webinar series around Ireland

Today is the closing date for the registration of your club’s intention to apply for a Sports Capital Grant. For those of you who have applied before you will understand how technical the application process can be.

2into3 have teamed up with a number of Local Sports Partnerships (LSP) and National Governing Bodies (NGB) offering their clubs a webinar about how to apply for a Sports Capital Grant. These sessions covered the applications process, how to avoid common pitfalls and mistakes and how to maximise your club’s score, the higher the score the more likely the application will be successful. During the webinar, those clubs who had a particular problem or question had the opportunity to ask an expert on the process and how best they should proceed with their application.

In the past 4 weeks over 2,000 participants have attended their LSP’s or NGB’s webinar, where over 1,000 questions were answered live in the webinar.


Since 2014, we have secured approximately €1.3m in Sports Capital Funding for clubs around the country. Based on evidence, between 10%-20% of all applications will be 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 Sport Capital Programme is open to all clubs to apply for funds, not only infrastructure work, but this round also funds non-personal sports equipment which can include protective wear, gym equipment, portable sports equipment, storage containers and much more. It’s important for sports clubs to make an application large or small as the programme does support new and growing sports across Ireland.


If you are a member of the following sporting bodies or partnerships, please contact your local representative for a copy of the presentation:

Hosts of Sports Capital Grants Webinars: LSP

Carlow Local Sports Partnership

Cavan Local Sports Partnership

Cork Local Sports Partnership

Kilkenny Recreation and Sport Partnership

Leitrim Local Sports Partnership

Longford Local Sports Partnership

Louth Local Sports Partnership

Meath Local Sports Partnership

Monaghan Sports Partnership

Offaly Sports Partnership

Sligo Sport & Recreation Partnership

Waterford Local Sports Partnership

Wicklow Recreation and Sport Partnership


National Governing Bodies (NGBs)

American Football Ireland

Basketball Ireland

Canoeing Ireland

Cricket Ireland

Golf Ireland

Kickboxing Ireland

Munster GAA council

Triathlon Ireland

Club Force


Your application to register your interest in submitting a grant should be completed by 5pm today, on the OSCAR website (Online Sports Capital Register). This website is where clubs apply for funding and manage the drawdown of grants.

This round is the 2020 Programme of grants which opened for applications on Friday 11 December 2020 and will close on 5pm on Monday 1st March 2021.


Best of luck with your applications!!

What’s next for Sport Sector Fundraising as we exit lock-down

Join our Webinar “What’s next for Sport Fundraising?” as Ireland exits lock-down. How should sport organisations approach fundraising in the months ahead? Over a short number of weeks, we have seen significant changes in the sector. These changes have impacted the fundraising approach of sport organisations.


The announcement of €70m government support package for sport is very welcome and needed. Fundraising is largely untapped by sporting organisations. The latest evidence suggests that sport reports only 2%-3% of the total fundraised income in Ireland which was €1.1b in 2017. We have seen massive fundraising drives across Ireland from Irish sporting bodies. When it comes to donor priorities, where do sporting organisations rank in a post-lockdown Ireland?


What choices will have to be made to survive and thrive in the future? Sporting organisations across the country are built on a earned-income model which has been adversely impacted by Covid-19. As we progress into 2020 and a new decade, is now the time for sport to look at alternative sources of funding in order to balance risk?


The webinar will debate this and will start by looking at the current fundraising landscape in Ireland. We will look to international peers to see the pros and cons of the different approaches to sport fundraising and where opportunities may lie for National Governing Bodies, regional bodies and clubs. Our expert panel will take us through their experiences in fundraising for Irish sport to date while Rob Hartnett will cover some of the inventive club fundraising initiatives taking place around the country.


Joining 2into3 on the panel will be:

  • James O Callaghan, Performance Director, Irish Sailing
  • Tim Floyd, Secretary, Tipperary GAA
  • Rob Hartnett, CEO, Sport for Business

Date: Thurs 25th June 3pm.


Sports Capital 2018: Does Class Matter?


Sports Capital 2018: Does Class Matter?

In January 2020, the allocation of Sports Capital Grants made headlines across the country. With these allocations came moans, groans, cheers and praise for a grant system that is severely underfunded. However, the recipients of the grant money has caused much debate. Most recently, Mr Ewan MacKenna and Mr Philip Boucher-Hayes have inputted to the debate on Sports Capital Grants. Is it about “La-la Land” forgetting what sport really is? Or, do we all need a significant dose of reality? Mr MacKenna writes “To be fair to the sports grants system, that it exists is a step in the right direction. But how it exists is problematic.” The issue, though, is not how it exists, but rather the general Irish interpretation of the grants system.  Over the past number of years, 2into3 has conducted research on Sports Capital Grants. As outlined in previous research findings, delving deeper into the figures better informs the debate. Questioning the allocation by quantum is not a fair assessment of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s (DTTAS) policy towards the allocation of Sports Capital Grants.

Following the fallout of the 2017 round, DTTAS followed through on their commitment to dedicate more funding to socio-economic disadvantaged areas. The system they have used for the more recent rounds was the Pobal Deprivation Index. Clubs that were based in disadvantaged areas, according to the Index, were given more marks than clubs not in these areas. Furthermore, the level of own funding required varied depending on your location in the Pobal Index. Clubs from disadvantaged areas were given greater preference. However, many have taken exception to the DTTAs allocation of money, see table 1.

Use of the Pobal Index does not tell the whole story. DTTAS is very much so aware of this. A club sitting in a Pobal classified “affluent” area could have many members coming from disadvantage or minority groups. The same could be said vice versa. Greater consideration should be given to the member composition and catchment area of clubs applying for grants. However, at the time of writing, a more refined system has yet to be developed or suggested by DTTAS or the general public.

Mr Boucher-Hayes of Drivetime RTE Radio 1 argued that the grants “show a distinct bias in favour of middle-class sports.”[1] This was an argument put forward in previous rounds. DTTAS philosophy is quite simple, if you’re not in it, you can’t win it. It begs the questions, how can DTTAS allocate funding to those who are not applying for the programme in the first instance? A breakdown of table 2 shows what sports applied for the local fund in 2018. Why did the GAA receive the most? They applied in greater numbers. Why did golf receive more than boxing? Simple numbers, golf clubs applied at a rate of 3:1 compared to boxing clubs.

To secure a Sports Capital Grant, you need to be proactive, not reactive. Tennis Ireland has trained clubs to be proactive with Sports Capital. Unsurprisingly, tennis’ application rates increased and therefore what they received increased. Similarly, golf clubs have been trained to anticipate deadlines, not react. This approach does take time, though. 2into3 have done similar work with cricket, for example, which has seen a 17% increase in applications and an 83% increase in secured funding in 2018 compared to 2017. No sport will apply at a comparable rate to the GAA. The GAA is at the root every almost every community in Ireland. Nonetheless, it is the responsibility of national governing bodies to prepare and inform their club base appropriately. This is completely out of the control of DTTAS, it cannot force any club to apply.

For example, clubs that do not satisfy the land title requirements as stated above can still apply for capital. Most clubs either overlook this or are not aware of the opportunity. In fact, DTTAS increased the threshold from €25,000 to €50,000 in 2018 in a bid to increase applications of clubs that do not suit the title requirements of the programme. Furthermore, clubs can also apply for up to €150,000 in equipment grants with no need for land ownership. Almost half of boxing’s allocation came via the equipment grant route.Ownership of land is another critical issue to access of Sports Capital Grants, which the GAA has over others also. The fact remains that sports like badminton, basketball, boxing, squash, and more all play out of sports halls. Often, they do not own these sports halls or work off yearly rental agreements. To apply for a full maximum grant of €150,000, clubs either need own the land through freehold or have leasehold of a minimum duration of 15 years at the time of the application. The lack of applications from these sports would suggest that long-term agreements are in the minority. Admittedly, the statistics provided by DTTAS do not go deep enough to show how many boxing, basketball, etc clubs applied under multisport. The numbers are effectively skewed. However, the programme was adjusted in 2018 to encourage more clubs to apply for capital.

Furthermore, DTTAS gives preference to applications from local authorities to aid local capital development. Since 2014, DTTAS have shown a distinct preference to applications made by local authorities and local sports partnerships who are making applications on behalf of clubs unable to do so themselves. This included €97,850 to Ballymun Sports & Fitness and €94,500 to Finglas Sport & Fitness Centre. However, these applications are classified generally as “multisport” which was only bested by the GAA. “Multisport” facilities will not make national headlines as Irish society is too transfixed with looking over the fence to see how one sport did compared to another. Multisport facilities are commonplace across Europe.

Allocations to hockey have made significant headlines over the years. To put the 2018 allocations in perspective, that’s 1.3% of the total funding and only 39% of what the 34 hockey clubs asked for. On the other hand, boxing received 1.6% of total funding and 53% of what clubs asked for. Undoubtedly, boxing performed better than perceived “middle-class sports” such as hockey, golf and tennis. Should we simply exclude any sport based on public preference to others? No, DTTAS simply cannot do this. Clearly, an awareness campaign is needed to raise application rates among sports like boxing. One wonders, why doesn’t the Sports Capital Programme get such publicity when a funding round opens?

In the UK, much research was undertaken to prove the true impact of sport. The Culture and Sport Evidence (CASE) programme was a joint strategic research initiative led by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and its sector-leading arms-length bodies: Arts Council England, English Heritage and Sport England. The published research provides ground-breaking evidence on making the case for investing in sport based on the broader wellbeing, health and educational outcomes. Some of the key findings were increases in numeracy scores, education, health gains and substantial long-term economic value in terms of avoided health costs. Furthermore, a “A range of factors, including age, gender, alcohol consumption, childhood experience of sport, socio-economic variables, a limiting illness or disability, educational attainment, unemployment, TV and internet use, and the proximity of local sports facilities, are directly associated with people’s participation in sport.”[2]  It is time that studies similar to this are commissioned in Ireland.


When the whistle blows, there are always winners and losers. After all, it’s the basis of sport and an oversubscribed grant system is no different. Should funding be given to allow clubs access to land? Or should we follow the approach implied by Mr MacKenna and Mr Boucher-Hayes and simply expel “middle-class sports” from the Sports Capital Programme? A more pragmatic approach is needed, one that supports the grant system and gives evidence to DTTAS that €50m-€60m each year simply is not enough.

Understandably, calls for increased state support are no surprise; a common critique that could be used across every government programme and support. What makes Sports Capital any different? Frankly, it is the primary mechanism for clubs access significant capital funding. Without it, the provision of sporting developments at local level would effectively stagnate. The benefits of sport cannot be understated – it benefits physical, mental and emotion health. It helps social inclusion and cohesion. Na Fianna’s GAA club’s social value report gives hard evidence to the augmentation of state supports for local clubs. Now is the time to significantly increase the investment in grassroot sport. Valid applications under Sports Capital clearly have credit. The level of funding under Sports Capital should allow all valid applications to get support. This would benefit all sport – not just the reader’s choice.


For more information, please contact Patricia at or +353-86-0657347.

[1] Philip Boucher-Hayes, Drivetime RTE Radio 1, Thursday 21 November, 2019.


Sports Capital 2018: Mapping Per Capita Trends by County

All of Ireland now looks to topple Dublin’s dominance in football. Like football, securing sports funding is another competition – it’s every county for itself. Over a weekend period last May, word began to spread about a Sports Capital Equipment-Only announcement, which came as no surprise on a week heading into European and local elections.

Many rural clubs and community groups were the first to hear of their success. Ireland is often a country of urban-rural divide; rural areas often feel like they are overlooked with perceived preference often given to Dublin. However, when it comes to the Sports Capital programme, this is not the case.

Allocation of 2018 funding has been divided, for the first time, into two tranches. Applications for only equipment-only were assessed and allocated first, with an announcement made last May. Those applications for capital (infrastructure), or a combination of capital with equipment, will be allocated in September according to recent public statements. In the recent May announcement, only the top 75% (by score received under the (DTTAS) Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport guidelines) of applications received funding, whereas in 2017 round every valid application received some funding. In addition, the trend of allocating more funding, on a per capita basis, to areas outside Dublin was more pronounced as illustrated in the table below.

“Sports Capital Equipment-Only Allocations,” Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; “Census 2016,” Central Statistics Office, 2into3 Analysis.

In recent years, the Sports Capital Programme made headlines over political intervention and prioritisation of more favoured sports in ministerial backyards, particularly in Dublin. However, an examination of the previous local rounds of the Sports Capital programme shows that Dublin consistently lags behind the rest of the country, despite a plethora of cabinet ministers (and a Taoiseach) in the greater Dublin area. With the 2018 equipment round the gap, on a per capita basis, between Dublin and the rest of Ireland has widened significantly.

“Sports Capital Local Allocations 2018-2014,” Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; “Census 2016, Census 2011,” Central Statistics Office, 2into3 Analysis.

Dublin clubs, in total, sought over €19.6 million from the local fund of the 2018 Sports Capital Programme. Outstanding 2018 applications are expected to be announced in September, with a new round expected to open in November. It will be interesting to see if some rebalancing of the allocations will occur and if Dublin can bag a few goals of their own.

Darren McMahon is a Consultant at 2into3, specialising in Sports Capital Consulting and Masterclasses. For more information, please contact Darren at Darren.McMahon@2into3 or +353-1-234-3127.

2into3 Partners in Sport – Cricket Leinster Fundraising Masterclass

Cricket Leinster held a Fundraising Masterclass last Wednesday 22nd of February in the Talbot Hotel Stillorgan. This masterclass was facilitated by 2into3 Consultant Amy Power, a specialist on fundraising strategy development. The event was very well attended, with over 20 representatives from 13 Cricket Leinster clubs present.

The masterclass was opened by Paul O’Sullivan, CEO of Clann Credo, a not-for-profit organisation that provides community loan finance at affordable interest and repayment rates to community groups and sports clubs. Recently, Clann Credo announced a €10 million community sports fund to help community groups access sports grants and funding by providing them with community loan finance. Clann Credo do not require person guarantees for loans, while also not penalising early repayment. You can read more about Clann Credo here.

Participants were then provided with an in-depth look at the private investment landscape, looking at the role of philanthropy and sponsorship in the sport sector. The theory behind best practice was initially explained before clubs were shown what they can do for themselves. This included applying for Section 235 status. Under Section 235, approved sporting bodies can apply for tax relief on donations for approved capital projects. The masterclass also covered ways of building relationship-based fundraising. Participants worked on ways of building a fundraising strategy, setting goals and knowing your member base. Almost every club highlighted youth development, subs collection and the acquisition of new equipment as priorities going forward. Issues around these points included lack of a suitable database, possible donor fatigue and limited finances resulting in short term year-to-year ambitions. Clubs were urged to look consider the following when approaching these issues, use events as a means of networking for new volunteers and potential donors, developing an adequate fundraising mix, using a dedicated database to contact past members and to be ambitious in developing long-term targets for the club.

Feedback of the event has been very positive, and will no doubt help Cricket Leinster clubs prioritise their fundraising strategies in the coming weeks and months.

Furthermore, Leinster Cricket is partnering with 2into3 to assist Clubs secure funding under future sports capital rounds.

If your organisation you would like to learn about how 2into3’s expertise can help in the funding of sport via Fundraising Masterclasses please feel free to contact 2into3 Consultant Amy Power via or on 01 234 3165.

2into3 Securing Sports Capital Funding for Sports Clubs

2into3 are delighted to have assisted 4 of our clients in the 2017 Sport Capital Programme Grant round. Since 2014, 2into3’s consulting practice has assisted clubs across a range of sports to secure funding.

The capital projects that 2into3 assisted in secure funding for are;

YMCA Hockey Club: in association with Wesley College: Awarded €150,000 towards resurfacing of the main hockey pitch at Wesley College, Ballinteer, Co Dublin.
Loreto Hockey Club: in association with Loreto High School Beaufort awarded €150,000 towards resurfacing of the hockey pitch at Loreto High School, Rathfarnham, Co Dublin.
Fr. Mathew’s Basketball Club, Cork: Awarded €59,000 towards provision of two portable basketball courts.
Monkstown Hockey Club: In association with Rathdown School awarded €19,000 towards provision of Hockey Goals and renewal of fencing.

The State, via the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sports, uses the National Lottery Funds to support capital investment by both National Governing Bodies and Sports Clubs through the Sports Capital Programme. A call for funding is usually made each year and funds are allocated by County. The 2017 round of the Programme closed for applications on the 24th February 2017 and by that date a record number of 2,320 applications were received. €56m was then allocated to over 1,700 different sporting projects. Just over 1 in 5 applications were deemed invalid (21%) with many applications falling down on avoidable issues.

2into3’s consulting practice can assist your sporting organisation in securing these grants through the following model:


In addition to working on a 1-2-1 basis with clubs 2into3 also work with National Governing Bodies. To help inform clubs on the Sport Capital application process 2into3 have developed a Sports Capital Masterclass. 2into3 have recently delivered a Sports Capital Grant Masterclass and Fundraising Masterclass to member clubs of Cricket Leinster, a partner organisation of 2into3.

Attendants were given an in-depth look at the Sports Capital landscape, looking at the performance of cricket compared to other sports, while also analysing the performance of Cricket Leinster clubs. Clubs were shown the common pitfalls of Sports Capital applications, while also examining the necessary steps to strengthen a grant proposal. As part of the Fundraising Masterclass participants were then provided with an in-depth look at the private investment landscape, looking at the role of philanthropy and sponsorship in the sport sector.

If your organisation is considering applying for a grant in the next Sport Capital Programme funding round (2018) and you would like to learn about how 2into3’s expertise can help, please click here or feel free to contact Dennis O’Connor directly via or on 01 234 3184.

2into3 Deliver Sports Capital Masterclass for Leinster Rugby

Leinster Rugby and 2into3 recently held a Sports Capital Masterclass on Thursday 30th of May in the Red Cow Moran Hotel. This Masterclass was facilitated by Dennis O’Connor from 2into3, a specialist on the Sports Capital Programme. The event was very well attended, with 24 representatives from 19 Leinster clubs present.

Attendants were given an in-depth look at the Sports Capital landscape, looking at the performance of rugby compared to other sports, while also analysing the performance of Leinster Rugby clubs. Clubs were shown the common pitfalls of Sports Capital applications, while also examining the necessary steps to strengthen a grant proposal. Several myths about the Sports Capital Programme were debunked, giving attendants greater clarity going into the next Sports Capital round. We hope that this will lead to a higher application and success rate for Leinster Rugby clubs in future rounds.

2into3 also provide a 1-2-1 sports capital consulting service where we assist clubs, voluntary and community groups, local authorities, third level colleges, and education and training boards with their application. They assist at every step of the process, helping you understand your targets, improve your scoring and avoid common pitfalls which may lead to invalidity. For more information please contact Darren McMahon at 01 234 3127 or