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FAI sports capital grant and equipment programe

The Football Association of Ireland is delighted to support the announcement by Minister Catherine Martin and Minister for State Jack Chambers of the launch of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP) by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

The Sports Capital and Equipment Programme is the primary vehicle for Government funding support for the development of sports and physical recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment throughout the country. It was announced today that €40million will be made available through the SCEP.

To further support Leagues, Clubs and Affiliates in the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme process, the FAI’s Facility Development Department will be hosting an Educational Webinar series in the coming weeks to support clubs with their SCEP applications.

This Webinar Series will be a great resource for all potential applicants in how to go through the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme process. All clubs, leagues and affiliates should attend to understand the benefits of this funding scheme. Please submit your interest in the webinars by registering here.

Sports Capital and Equipment Programme Key Points for Applicants:

  • Anyone that is interested in the SCEP will need to register on the Online Sports Capital Register (OSCAR) right away.
  • The 2021 Round will be open for applications from 9am on Friday, 11 December 2020 until 5pm on Friday, 12th February 2021.
  • The deadline for registration is 5pm on Monday, 1st February 2021
  • The SCEP allows for applicants to apply for up to a maximum of €150,000 worth of funding for their project.
  • In the past, funding was available up to €150,000 at a rate of 95% support.
  • Funding for Equipment can be applied for up to a maximum of €50,000 if no lease or ownership is possible.

“I want to thank Ministers Catherine Martin and Jack Chambers for the release of the 2021 Sports Capital and Equipment Programme”, FAI CEO Jonathan Hill told

“The FAI welcomes the announcement and is excited for the opportunities the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme will bring to the football community. The funding provided through this scheme will assist football Clubs and Leagues across the country to strengthen, develop and thrive.

“Good facilities and access to equipment are  vital ingredients in growing our sport and this funding will provide an opportunity for this growth to occur. We encourage all clubs to get involved in this scheme.”

“It’s important to continue the development of our infrastructure and facilities within our football communities.” FAI Head of Facility Development Walter Holleran added.

“The Sports Capital and Equipment Programme is an ideal funding source where Clubs can seek state funding to help develop their projects. It is vital that all Clubs examine their need to upgrade and submit an application.”

For more information on the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme please contact

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During the recent Budget 2021 announcement by Government, it was highlighted that a new round of Sports Capital Programme funding is due soon!


This avenue of funding is a fantastic way for Club’s to upgrade their facilities.


Before the funding window opens, the FAI want to ensure that the football family is ready for this announcement.


It is vital that your Club is registered to apply for funding support. If your Club has not registered – this must be done online through the OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register) system.


A link to the OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register) website can be found here: CLICK HERE



To avoid any delays with applications into the Sports Capital Programme, all Clubs, Leagues and Affiliates are urged to register through the OSCAR website as soon as possible.


The registration process can take up to 10 days to complete so starting this process early can help avoid any unnecessary delays.  A useful guide to the process is attached.



As part of the 2020 Sports Capital Programme, the FAI will be running a series of ‘Educational Webinar’ that aim to support the wider footballing community in identifying potential projects, expert advice and preparing applications for submission.


More information will be available on these webinars in the coming weeks.



If you have any questions or require any support regarding your registration please contact




Kind Regards,

Walter Holleran

Head of Facility Development

Football Association of Ireland.


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See below link to Texaco Sports Grants.  Closing date is 31st December.

Texaco Support for Sport

Until the Texaco Support for Sport initiative closes on 31 st December 2020.. Applications are invited from sports clubs only and not from individual sports clubs members.

Who is eligible to enter this promotion?

Sporting bodies who have been granted tax exemption under Section 235 of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 and are featured on a list published by the Office of the Revenue Commissioners on 22nd June 2020 are eligible to apply. See for details.

What is the prize and what does it consist of?

There will be a prize for every county in the Republic of Ireland. One sports club per county will win a cash prize of €5,000 (Five thousand euros).

How many prizes are available to be won?

There will be 1 (one) prize per county in the Republic of Ireland. The total amount of prizes are 26 (Twenty Six).


FAI Update on Level 5 Training Guidelines
Following clarification from Government today, the FAI confirms the following Level 5 guidelines for football will come into effect from midnight tonight but please be aware these are the latest directives and subject to change:

  • All underage club teams from Under-19 age group down are permitted to train outdoors during Level 5 restrictions
  • All outdoor training for underage players is to be non-contact in pods of no more than 15 and in compliance with the latest Government guidelines
  • For underage training – players/coaches/parents/guardians are permitted to travel more than 5 kilometres to attend an organised session
  • For underage training – players/coaches/parents/guardians are permitted to travel outside their resident county to attend an organised training session
  • SSE Airtricity Premier Division and First Division and Women’s National League matches and training continue
  • All other domestic adult and underage football matches remain in cessation
  • In accordance with Government Level 5 guidelines, training is not permitted for non-elite adult teams

The FAI will continue to talk to Government and will monitor any changes to Level 5 restrictions. We will update these guidelines as required and as soon as possible.

AFL Short Summer Season UPDATE

To all secretaries,

The executive committee of the Amateur Football League  met (virtual) last night  to discuss the  the Covid restrictions moving to level 5 from midnight  wednesday 21st October.

The decision was made that no further fixtures will be played for the remainder of 2020.

The AFL executive will decide when the restrictions have been lifted  when the new season 2021 will commence.

We would encourage all our clubs  to stay safe together and do the right thing  so we can beat this virus.

Yours in sport

Peter Connolly

Hon. Sec.Amateur Football League

Cessation of all grassroots and underage football in Dublin

To all secretaries

Due to the latest Covid -19 guidelines issued by the government today      all  Amateur Football League games have been suspended  from midnight tonight   for the next 3 weeks, we will keep all updated  and hopefully resume football again around 9th October.

Peter Connolly
Hon Sec amateur football league

See below press release from FAI


Below is press release issued from FAI in last few minutes ceasing all football activities in the Dublin area

Cessation of grassroots and underage football

matches in Dublin

Following the introduction of

Level 3 COVID-19 restrictions in Dublin, the Football Association of Ireland

announces the cessation from midnight tonight of all Adult

Amateur and Underage football matches in Dublin with the exception of elite

football – namely the SSE Airtricity League, Women’s National League and all

five underage National Leagues.

Furthermore, any coach or player resident in Dublin but involved with an Adult

Amateur or non-elite Underage club outside of the county is not permitted to

travel outside Dublin for any football activity.

Adult amateur and non-elite Underage clubs in Dublin can continue to train

under the conditions laid out in the updated FAI Safer Return to Training

Protocol issued on Thursday.

The FAI will continue to monitor Government guidelines for Dublin and will

update this cessation order as required.

Sheriff YC

On behalf of The Amateur Football League we extend our sincere condolences to Keith Meehan, Manager Sheriff YC and his family on the Death of his Mother Noeleen. May she rest in peace.

Peter Connolly

Hon. Sec. Amateur Football League

FAI COVID-19 support

Applications open for Sport Ireland/Government COVID-19 Funding For Clubs
The Football Association of Ireland is inviting affiliated clubs and Leagues to apply for the recently announced Government funding to be made available to sports clubs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These grants are part of a €70million package of new funding announced for National Governing Bodies of Sport, Local Sports Partnerships and sports clubs affected by COVID-19

The funding is available through a Sport Ireland grant scheme designed in consultation with the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht.

Affiliated clubs, leagues and provincial Associations that are seeking funding via this scheme are invited to complete the below application form.

To apply for the COVID-19 Funding, click here.

The application process will close at 5pm on Wednesday, September 2.  No late applications will be accepted under any circumstances.

All clubs seeking funding under this scheme will be asked to prove to the FAI and Sport Ireland that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in major financial issues for their club. Funding is available for sporting purposes only and cannot be used to offset loss of income from rentals etc.

All applicants should first read the terms and conditions of this funding scheme prior to completing an application.

Webinar will take place on Friday, August 28 regarding the application process. Clubs looking to attend should complete the Expression of Interest Form to receive an invitation.

Key Points of Grant Schemes Application Process:

  • FAI will apply to Sport Ireland on behalf of the applicant clubs under this scheme.
  • The primary purpose of this this funding scheme is the prevention of sports clubs from becoming insolvent due to the impact of COVID-19.
  • These grant schemes are designed to support sporting activity only.

Any clubs that have any questions related to their application of the funding scheme in general should contact CovidFundingSupport@fai.ieFAI

Return to Football Protocols

As we prepare to return to football on w/e 25/26th July we wish to advise all clubs that they must comply with the FAI Return to Football Protocols at all times.