Limerick Sports Partnership announce €50,000 Grants Scheme

Limerick Sports Partnership announces €50k grant scheme

The Limerick Sports Partnership (LSP) has announced details of a once-off €50,000 grant scheme to encourage local sports clubs and community groups to increase participation in sporting activities throughout Limerick.

Supported by Limerick City and County Council and the Irish Sports Council, the Sports Club/Community Links Grants Scheme will see funding being distributed to clubs to further develop links with the community in which they are based.

The LSP is particularly encouraging applications featuring events and activities that coincide with local and national initiatives such as Bike Week 2014 (14th to 22nd June) and National Play Day (6th July). Grants allocated will range from €500 to €1,000 per successful applicant.

The announcement of the new Grant Scheme coincides with the launch of the Limerick Sports Partnership website,, which has been developed following the merging of the City and County Sports Partnerships.

"The aim of the Sports Partnership is to increase participation in sport and it is envisaged that all projects funded under this scheme will help to do just that, particularly in disadvantaged sectors of the population," commented LSP Co-ordinator Phelim Macken.

He added: "The purpose of this scheme is to encourage local sports clubs to develop links with schools and community groups and to jointly develop a programme or event that will help to attract members of the community to take part in sport and physical activity. This will not only help to improve the overall health of local communities but will also help to attract new members to participating sports clubs."

Pictured at the launch today were pupils and staff from St. Patrick’s Girls National School who were recently awarded “Walking School of the Year 2014” under the Green Schools Initiative. Also helping launch the grant scheme were Munster Head Coach Anthony Foley and International Athlete Sarah Lavin with her Coach Noelle Morrissey.

Commenting on the launch of, Mr. Macken stated: "In 2014, the LSP was formed when the City and County Sports Partnerships were amalgamated in line with Local Government reform. As part of the merger, a new website was developed to give the people of Limerick an online portal into sport & physical activity around the county. We would encourage people to visit the website where they can download the Grant Scheme Application form as well as learn more about the breadth and scale of activity ongoing throughout Limerick on a weekly basis."

Limerick City and County Manager, Conn Murray, has welcomed the new Grants Scheme and is encouraging local sports clubs and community groups to apply.
“There are many groups across Limerick who can benefit from this grants scheme and I’m hugely supportive of increasing participation in sporting activities through the aiding of clubs to develop their community links,” he said. “This grants scheme is just one element of the extensive Limerick Sports Partnership programme of activities that supports communities in Limerick. I hope it will not only help clubs enhance the existing opportunities for their local communities but initiate new programmes geared at involving local people in sport and physical activity. I would also like to congratulate LSP on its new website and encourage all to visit it regularly.”

Application forms for the Limerick Sports Club/Community Links Grants Scheme may be downloaded from Completed and signed application forms should be returned to 'Limerick Sports Partnership, UL Sport Arena, University of Limerick, Castletroy, Limerick', on or before 4pm on Friday 13th June 2014.

Last update:23/05/2014