Impact of Sports Capital Grant Applications
Our Grants Services team provide nonprofit organisations with professional grant application advice. Our Head of Grants Advisory Services, Patricia Keenan, ensures nonprofits are aware of available grants, advises on how to become grant ready and the steps required to attain the maximum possible grant. At 2into3, we support you throughout the entire grant process, from pre-application to implementation.
We had great success with many of our clients seeking Sports Capital Grants. Below are some examples of these successes.
Ardclough GAA in Co. Kildare caters for adults and juveniles playing Gaelic Football, Hurling, Camogie and Ladies Gaelic Football. Their membership and playing numbers have grown substantially in recent years, placing pressure on current facilities. Ardclough required additional funding to install LED floodlights and to improve security. Our Grants Team worked alongside Ardclough GAA to secure a Sports Capital Grant Application.
They required a range of new facilities to meet the increased demand, with longer opening hours during the week for training in a safe well-lit, secure area. The facility will also be used for social 5-a-side soccer and Community Games events, as Ardclough GAA encourages participation in all sports. The facilities are open to all ages, with improved lighting and security to encourage greater participation in sport for all. Ardclough GAA were delighted to receive 100% of their grant, a total of €150,000. This grant will provide a fantastic support to the development of their facilities.
Cobh Ramblers FC maintains ambitious development plans to create a recreational platform for the people of Cobh and Cork through provision of top-class facilities for wider participation in soccer at professional and amateur level. Cobh Ramblers is for all players, including local youth teams. The club seeks to develop into an inclusive community, with players from a variety of backgrounds to make the team stronger. The development of the pitch and security will maximise usage of club grounds, allowing greater numbers to participate at all levels of the game.
They hope to increase its availability to this disadvantaged communities and extend its outreach activities, including more diverse groups participating in both sport and general recreational activities. The pitch upgrade will showcase one of their teams at a premier level and embed pride and ambition for all existing and new participants in the sport. Cobh Ramblers also celebrated great success in their sports capital application as the club received €300,000 which was 100% of that they sought for, with help from 2into3 Grants Advisory team.
Athenry Golf Club
Athenry Golf Club is at the heart of this rural community by providing facilities for local schools; community groups, and members. There has been an increased demand for facilities, new course area and greens. The club contains a strong ladies team and this investment in their facilities will encourage new members.
The maintenance and upgrade of playing areas are vital to ensure that the facilities encourage greater participation by the community organisations and local schools, especially encouraging the youth who have been successful in All Ireland titles. We assisted Athenry Golf Club with their Sports Capital Grant Application. They received 100% of the grant amount sought, a total of €150,000. Athenry Golf Club looks forward to their green area development with the assistance of this grant.
Naas CBS is one of the largest secondary schools in County Kildare with just over 1,000 pupils drawn from a wide urban, rural and socially diverse catchment area. The school currently has a small natural grass sports field which is inadequate for the high level of usage, creating a lack of playing pitches for their students.
Naas CBS has connections with Special Olympics Ireland and the new facility will be made available on a nominal charge basis. They also require installation of flood lighting to increase participation rates by 50% and to meet the needs of their GAA partnership. The club looks forward to providing a pitch for multi-use purposes and were delighted to receive €150,000 in their sports capital application, with the assistance of Patricia Keenan, Our Head of Grants Advisory Practice.
Railway Union Sports Club
Railway Union is a multi-sports club in Dublin with a proud history of being open and inclusive with a purpose to promote access to sport regardless of gender, race, economic background or ability. The Club aims to replace its all-weather pitch to cater for the intense demands on the hockey club and other users of a variety of sports across Dublin.
In partnership with Hockey Ireland, schools with no sports facilities can access the Railway Union pitch, including DEIS schools. Railway Union required increased investment to undertake their plans for an all-weather pitch, and contacted 2into3 to receive assistance with their sports capital grant application. The club were thrilled to receive €150,000 sports capital grant, receiving 100% of that they sought for.
Through receiving sports capital investment, Railway Union is currently working towards increasing participation and facilitating access to diverse groups through outreach projects. For example, Railblazers Hockey, walking hockey, the Pink Ladies LGBT+ team, intra club crossover & volunteer initiatives with the support of the local community.
Dungarvan RFC, in Co. Waterford, were seeking to develop a multi-sport facility for the whole of the West Waterford Area. Their club experienced increased usage from all ages, abilities and backgrounds for outdoor exercise during the pandemic. Dungarvan RFC provided structured fitness sessions, in addition to the casual use of the grounds for exercise in an open environment.
They were delighted to have a space providing exercise to everyone and ensuring facilities continue to be accessible to all abilities has become a core belief within the club. Dungarvan aim to create a lit outdoor all-weather training zone and track, with suitable equipment, will allow them to enhance the physical and mental well-being of all our users throughout all seasons. The creation of a fantastic asset to their community requires significant capital investment. Dungarvan contacted 2into3 to assist them in their sports capital grant application and received €102,602, which was 68% of that they applied for.
Sports Capital Grant Result
Since 2014, we have helped Clubs and NGBs secure over €3.3 million in Sports Capital Grants. We were delighted to work with such a diverse variety of sporting organisations in 2022 and to see such a high average allocation of grants received, at 84%.