As Minister for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development I have approved funding from the Dormant Accounts fund of €2.9 million for projects administered by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
The projects being funded include the establishment of community sports hubs, community coaching programmes, youth leadership programmes, as well as sports measures for disadvantaged communities to support the National Physical Activity Plan.
The allocation of funding under the Dormant Accounts legislation is one of my responsibilities as Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development.
The Dormant Accounts legislation introduced a scheme for the disbursement of funds from unclaimed accounts and assurance policies to support personal, social and educational development projects, persons with a disability and disadvantaged communities.
For 2017 the Dormant Accounts Action Plan will see an investment of over €40 million through projects administered by eight government departments.
I’m delighted to approve this application for funding which is from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and will see over €2.9 million allocated to projects which will encourage participation in sports and recreational activities.
In Mayo and Galway funding of over €130,000 and €80,000 respectively will facilitate the establishment of a community sports hubs as well as youth leadership projects. The community sports hubs provide information, support and advice on a wide range of sports and physical activities to make it easier for people to get involved and engage in more active and healthier lifestyles.
Communities in Galway, Mayo and the West will also benefit from the funding being allocated to national organisations including €125,000 to Mountaineering Ireland for the Get Ireland Walking Programme, €107,500 for Athletics Ireland for the Get Ireland Running Programme and €100,000 for Cycling Ireland.
Further funding is being allocated to other organisations such as Special Olympics Ireland, the GAA, and the Irish Athletic Boxing Association among others, for sports measures for disadvantaged communities.