Sport Energy Support Scheme opens for Irish football clubs
The fund, which has been established by Sport Ireland, is to support National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and their affiliates with the rising energy costs associated with the provision of sport throughout the winter period. Communication has been sent to all Affiliates, Leagues and Clubs with the expression of interest open until Midnight, 22nd November.
The expression of interest can be found HERE.
Organisations that are eligible to seek support via the Government’s Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) should do so in the first instance.
Organisations looking to register their interest in support via this scheme must meet the below requirements set out by Sport Ireland;
- The Sports Energy Support Scheme (SESS) will contribute to the increased energy costs associated with providing sporting activity only.
- The Eligibility period will relate to increased energy costs (proven via utility bill) sustained between September 1st 2022 and March 31st 2023.
- Non Energy related increases are ineligible. These include increased costs in accommodation, rent, rates or labour costs.
- Fuel costs associated with machinery, vehicles, travel or transport do not qualify.
- Pre-existing debts or deficits do not qualify.
- Energy costs associated with non-sporting activity such as bars, restaurants etc. are not eligible under SESS; however, such trading activity may be eligible for support under the Government’s Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS).
- Organisations applying for support must own/lease the sporting facilities or be the primary utility bill payer.
- The Scheme will not cover:
- Private/Commercial gyms, pools & sports facilities (Private/commercial enterprises are eligible to apply for TBESS)
- Local authority facilities
- School or Third level sports facilities
All registered organisations will be contacted via email in early 2023 with further information and instructions regarding the application process.
Questions should be directed to CovidFundingSupport@fai.ie