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Age & Opportunity Grant Recipients Announced

Published: November 29, 2018

We are delighted to announce that nineteen groups in Waterford have been allocated funding of 6,390 euro in total from the National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People.

Each year the National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People provides funding to assist in the implementation of locally developed well planned initiatives that are designed to increase participation in recreational sport and physical activity among older


Congratulations to all the successful applicants, we look forward to seeing the benefit of this funding in 2019.

Here is the full list of Waterford recipients . . .

Dungarvan Care of the Aged Ltd.Waterford€250
Cnoc Bui ARAWaterford€240
The Pres Badminton ClubWaterford€250
Brownstown Residents AssociationWaterford€260
Slieverue ARAWaterford€300
Deise Women’s GroupWaterford€260
Kinsalebeg/Clashmore Community CouncilWaterford€250
Waterford Sports PartnershipWaterford€1,400
Minaun ICAWaterford€250
Comeragh ARAWaterford€300
Blackwater Ladies ClubWaterford€250
Butlerstown ICAWaterford€250
Waterford LEDC CLG/Cill Barra Community Sports CentreWaterford€250
St. Brigid’s Family & Resource Centre FRCWaterford€260
Clonea Rathgormack ICAWaterford€300
Carbally Community Development ProjectWaterford€260
Carbally Active Retirement GroupWaterford€260
Ardmore and Grange ICAWaterford€250
Tramore Active Retirement GroupWaterford€300
Dr Martin Day CentreWaterford€250

Youth Coaching Grant

Published: October 31, 2018

Do you coach juvenile/underage players? You may be eligible to apply for our Youth Coaching Grant.

A limited coaching fund is available for any club who’s wish to get their members an accredited coaching qualification that will enable them to coach under-aged/juvenile players.

Preference will go to coaches who wish to up-skill their qualification e.g. going from Level 1 to Level 2.

You can download an Application Form HERE

Contact Brian O’Neill, Youth Sports Development Officer on 086-0201219 or  for more information.

WSP Sports Club Funding

Published: October 25, 2018

Since 2009 under our Coaching and Development Funds, Waterford Sports Partnership has allocated 196 separate grants totalling €47,279 funding 25 new clubs and 718 coaches from new and established Clubs in Waterford.

The 2018 WSP Sports Grant aimed to support volunteers and develop opportunities for people to participate in organised sport. The grant was specifically aimed at offering clubs the opportunity to access funding for club members towards referee/coaching courses accredited by Coaching Ireland or a National Governing Body of Sport.

WSP allocated €3000 to 28 sports clubs and disability organisation which has enabled 83 coaches to attend courses to increase the quality of delivery to club members.

Chairperson of Dungarvan Rugby Club, Trevor Doherty said ‘the funding we have received towards coaching costs for the foundation level rugby course will enable us to offer our thriving junior section higher quality coaching and help the club continue to develop’.

Abbeyside Ladies Football
Ardmore A.C
Ballinroad Soccer Club
Ballyduff AFC
De La Salle Football Club
De La Salle Juvenile GAA Club
Deise Dragons
Dungarvan GAA
Dungarvan Gymnastics Club
Dungarvan Rugby Club
Dunhill Squash Club
Dyspraxia Waterford
Ferrybank Athletics Club
Finisk Valley Athletic
Gaultier Ladies football
Lismore AFC
Lismore Camogie Club
Park Rangers
Portlaw Camogie Club
Saviours Crystal Boxing Club
Seaview Celtic A.C
St Saviours A.F.C
Tramore Athletic Club
Tramore GAA
Tramore RFC
Waterford Boat Club
Waterford Community Games
Waterford Crystal Swimming Club

Funding Opportunities

Published: October 1, 2018
Thank You Fund
Voluntary and non-profit organisations and clubs who want to kick-start new programmes encouraging people to become more active could win funding to get them up and running.All Community
CONTACT DETAILS:Coca-Cola Ireland,
2 Ballsbridge Park,
D04 YW83
DCYA National Lottery Grant SchemeThis scheme run by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs is for the provision of services to children and young people. Grants are generally awarded for once-off projects across a wide variety of areas such as the provision of equipment for youth clubs, youth cafes, scouts, summer camps, day trips for youth clubs/summer camps, play equipment for playschools/crèches and other once- off programs.Young People
Youth Affairs Unit
43-49 Mespil Road
Dublin 4
DM Thomas Foundation for Young People DM Thomas Foundation Grants aim to identify the most effective projects helping disadvantaged young people in the UK and Ireland.Young People
CONTACT DETAILS:179-199 Holland Park Avenue,
W11 4UL,
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7605 7733
Energy FitA pilot programme to help sports facilities reduce their costs through energy efficiency.

Sports Clubs
Tel: 086 343 3368
Energy for Generations FundESB corporate responsibility investment which disburses funding across community and issues-based initiatives.
Funding will be dedicated to addressing issues relating to education, homelessness and suicide prevention. Support will also be provided to staff who volunteer within their own communities.
All Community
27 Lower Fitzwilliam Street
Dublin 2<
FAI Funding support for community and voluntary groups.Inviting applicants for funding under two grant programmes for community and voluntary organisations.
1.Scheme of refurbishment Grant:
Made to a range of local community and voluntary organisations with a focus on addressing disadvantage or where evidence of need has been clearly identified in their communities.
2. Scheme of Equipment Grants:
Objective is to support activities of local community and voluntary organisations that are addressing disadvantage in their communities.
Community and voluntary organisations.
Holbrook House,
Holles Street,
Dublin 2.

Tel: (01) 4484888

Go for Life National Grant Scheme for Older PeopleThe Go for Life grant scheme aims to help local organisations provide sporting and physical activities for older people. The grant scheme is a joint initiative between Go for Life and the Irish Sports Council. It funds groups and clubs who cater for older people around the country so that they can buy equipment, run sports events or try new activities.Older Adults
CONTACT DETAILS:Marino Institute of Education
Griffith Avenue
Dublin 9

Tel: (01) 805 7709
Fax: (01) 853 5117
HSE National Lottery Grant Scheme The Department of Health and Children allocates funds to Health Agencies and other similar organisations providing a range of services including:
• Services for the Elderly
• Services for the Intellectually Disabled
• Child Care Services
• Public Health Services
• Services for the Physically Disabled
• Health Board Services
• Health Promotion
• Building, Equipping and Furnishing of Health Facilities (Capital Expenditure).
Older Adults
Young People
Finance Unit
Hawkins House
Hawkins St.
Dublin 2

Tel: (01) 6354281
Kerry Group Corporate Responsibility The Kerry Group sponsors a wide range of education, healthcare, sporting, leisure, arts, amenity, community development and charitable causes. Primary areas of focus and support are; (a) health, hunger and nutrition, (b) entrepreneurship, (c) amenity/community development, (d) education, arts and sport.All Community
Co. Kerry
Tel: 066 718 2000
Irish Youth Foundation GrantsThe Irish Youth Foundation funds groups to build a brighter future for children living in adverse and extreme circumstances in Ireland. IYF is particularly interested in supporting after school and homework clubs and youth empowerment programmes.Young People
Fitzwilliam Hall,
Fitzwilliam Place.
Dublin 2, Ireland.
Tel: (01) 676 6535
Munster GAA Development GrantsMunster GAA provide grant aid to support GAA units in the development of their facilities in the province.GAA Clubs
CONTACT DETAILS:Waterford GAA Offices,
Walsh Park,


Tel: 051 590 557
National Bike Week FundingBike Week is a celebration and promotion of all that's great about bikes and cycling. Held over a week in June of each year with bike themed events organised by local authorities, community groups and cycling groups throughout Ireland. Funding is advertised in March/April by the Community Department in Waterford City and County Council and schools and community groups can apply for funding to run a Bike Week eventAll Community, Schools, Sports Clubs.
North Face Explore Fund.This scheme supports organisations that encourage youth outdoor participation, focus on sustainability initiatives, or help to create a connection to nature.Young People
CONTACT DETAILS:28-29 Sir John Rogersons Quay
Dublin 2
Pfizer Ireland Corporate Responsibility Pfizer supports a number of causes in the community through its contributions Committee. Help has been extended to local groups, patient groups, schools, clubs, charities, medical research and the arts.All Community, Schools, Sports Clubs.
CONTACT DETAILS:Dublin Treasury Centre
The Watermarque Building,
Dublin 4.

Tel: (01) 480 7000
Sports Capital ProgrammeThis Programme aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sports and physical recreation facilities throughout the country.All Community, Schools, Sports Clubs.


Tel: (064) 6627308
Sportscover - Supporting Sport In the CommunitySportscover's sponsors a wide variety of amateur sports men and women, striving to achieve sporting greatness across a broad cross-section of sports. The SSF makes donations to grass-roots sporting clubs and associations.Sports Clubs
CONTACT DETAILS:First Floor,75/77 cornhill,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7283 8444
Sports to Impact FundThe goal of the fund is to support the innovative use of sports as a means to improve physical and mental health and to promote social inclusion for children, adolescents and adults. We are calling out to innovative projects or programmes that focus on using sports as a means to create positive social impact in the lives of individuals and in communities across Ireland. The Sports to Impact Fund aims to have wider impact and will contribute to Ireland’s achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.All Community
CONTACT DETAILS:Please contact us at with any questions you have on the criteria. If you have any questions about the fundraising requirement of this fund please contact Anne Dermody at anne@socialinnovation.ieVISIT WEBSITE
The Ireland Funds Small GrantsThe objective of this grant is to enable as many organisations as possible to fund new and innovative responses to social need. Overall, The Ireland Fund invests in local communities by supporting initiatives that contribute to: Positive mental and physical health, Community integration, Social entrepreneurship, Opportunities for lifelong learning, Economic development, Sport and leisure opportunities, Protection of the natural environment.All Community, Sports Clubs.

Tel: (01) 662 7878
The Community Foundation For IrelandOffers grants to wide range of non profit community organisations.Charitable causes and communities.
CONTACT DETAILS:32 Lower O’ Connell Street,
Dublin 1,


Tel: (01) 874 7354
Young People's Facilities and Services Fund.This Department of Children and Youth Affairs fund was established to assist in the development of youth facilities, (including sport and recreational facilities) and services in disadvantaged areas where a significant drug problem exists or has the potential to develop. The YPFSF has focused on the 14 Local Drugs Task Force (LDTF) areas (12 in Dublin, Bray and Cork) and 4 urban areas (Galway, Limerick, Waterford Cities and Carlow Town).Young People
CONTACT DETAILS:Youth Affairs Unit
43-49 Mespil Road
Dublin 4


Tel: (01) 647 3000

Sports Capital Programme 2018 – OPENING FOR APPLICATIONS!

Published: August 31, 2018

Applications for Sports Capital Grants Funding are being sought from sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities. Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports clubs.

Any organisation that wishes to make an application must first be registered at the Department’s online application system – OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register) and this must be done by Friday 5th October. A separate guide is available to the registration process at . The Department has created a “how-to register” video at

The guide to making an application is available on the Department’s Sports Capital Programme website

Applications can only be made online from 9am on Friday 7th September until 5pm on Friday 19th October, 2018.

For advice on how to make the application or for any technical matters:
read the Guide
view the YouTube how-to guides
attend one of the information workshops which will be held during the application period. All registered organisations will be emailed with relevant details.
phone the Department – for Waterford applications contact Anne Vaughan at (064) 6627308
you can download a blank sample application form at (this is only a sample form and all applications must be made on the online OSCAR system).

The Sports Capital Programme is the Government’s primary vehicle for supporting the development of sports facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment.

The programme funds:
Natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts (including pitch drainage)
Artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas
Fitness studios
Security fencing, ball stop netting and goal posts
Hurling walls / handball alleys
Walking/jogging tracks
Building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets
Building or refurbishment of sports halls, gyms or fitness studios
Modifications to sports facilities to improve access for people with disabilities.
Non-personal sports equipment including gym equipment3, lawn mowers and defibrillators.
Any other capital projects that are clearly sporting in nature and that will increase participation in sport or improve performance (see definition above)

Sports Capital Programme Workshop Presentation


For further information/support please call Waterford Sports Partnership – Peter Jones (WSP | County) 0761 10 2191 or Pauline Cunningham (WSP | City) 0761 10 2682.

Go For Life Grants 2018 – OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS!

Published: August 29, 2018

The Go for Life Grant Scheme for 2018 is now open for applications. The deadline for return of grant application forms is 12 noon, Friday 28th September. 

Who can apply?
Grants are available to all eligible local clubs, groups and organisations that promote increased participation in recreational sport or physical activity for older people as a main element of their activities. Commercial, statutory or umbrella bodies, or their agents, are not eligible for funding under this grant scheme. An exception to this are Local Sports Partnerships who are eligible to apply. Day centres completely funded and directed by statutory bodies, such as the HSE, are not eligible.
Grants are made available for sport or physical activity for older people and the overall membership of applicants must be such that older people will be the beneficiaries of the grant monies. Funding for sports clubs will not be considered unless the application specifically relates to older people. Only one application per group will be considered.

Click HERE to for more info & to download a grant form 

All applications must be sent to:

The deadline for return of grant application forms is 12 noon, Friday 28th September.  

Ministers Ross and Griffin launch National Sports Policy 2018-2027

Published: August 17, 2018

Transport, Tourism and Sport Minister, Shane Ross and the Minister with responsibility for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin launched the Government’s National Sports Policy 2018-2027 at the St Laurence O’Toole Recreation Centre, Sherriff Street, in Dublin’s North Inner City on Wednesday 25th July.

The National Sports Policy 2018–2027 has been developed through an extensive public consultation process and collaboration with the sports sector and other stakeholders.

The High-Level Goals of the National Sports Policy are:
• Increased Participation
• More Excellence
• Improved Capacity

Key targets of the National Sports Policy 2018–2027 include:
• Overall participation in sport to rise from 43% to 50% of the population by 2027 (the equivalent of an extra 260,0000 people participating in sport)
• More targeted high performance funding to deliver more Olympic/Paralympic medals (From the securing of 13 medals in 2016 to a target of 20 in 2028)
• All funded sports bodies adopting the Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charity (CVC) Sector.

Launching the National Sports Policy 2018-2027, Ministers Ross and Griffin reaffirmed the Government’s intention to doubling funding for sport, from €112million in 2018 to €220million in 2027. The Government will also seek to deliver greater certainty in funding year-on-year, particularly in respect of Sport Ireland high performance funding.

The Ministers expressed their intention to begin implementing the National Sports Policy 2018–2027 without delay. Recalling the commitments for future funding of Sports Capital Programmes announced earlier this year in the National Development Plan, they indicated their intention to also seek additional funding for Sport Ireland programmes in the 2019 Estimates, to support, amongst other measures:
• doubling of funding for the Women in Sport programme to €2million
• creation of a dedicated €1m programme for Disability Sport through the deployment of a Sport Inclusion Disability Officer in all 26 LSPs countrywide
• €1.5m allocation to high performance programmes in support of Tokyo 2020 preparations

Speaking at the launch Minister Ross said; ‘We want to see every citizen engaging regularly in some form of sport and physical activity, irrespective of their background or their physical capabilities. Together with the stakeholders across all levels of sport in this country, we will relentlessly pursue the aims of this policy to elevate Ireland to the top of the table globally for both participation in sport and high performance over the next decade.’

Minister Griffin outlined the ambitions of the Government’s National Sports Policy 2018–2027 to significantly improve the sporting landscape in this country:
‘The benefits of sport and physical activity to our population are clear and sport is a valuable asset to communities across the country. The availability of quality sports facilities is key to raising standards and Government investment in recent years at the National Sports Campus and throughout the country is proof of our commitment to sustaining this investment to our sporting infrastructure. The National Sports Policy 2018-2027 also sees continued support of our high performance athletes to keep on inspiring the generations that follow after them in their particular sport. I would hope to see a significant increase in our high performance investment over the next decade, to some €30 million annually.’

Click HERE to view the National Sports Policy 2018–2027 document.

Funding available for National Bike Week 2018

Published: March 22, 2018

Waterford City and County Council is currently inviting applications from community groups for funding to assist with the organisation of a cycling themed event during Bike Week 2018, which will take place from 9th to 17th June.
The objective of Bike Week is to celebrate cycling in all its forms and to get more people participating in cycling both for transport and recreation.

The type of groups which may apply are community groups, voluntary organisations, schools, sports clubs, active retirement groups, community childcare service providers, work places or any group that wishes to organise a bike related event on a ‘not for profit basis’ during Bike Week 2018.

Examples of possible Bike Week events include (but are not limited to):
Guided bike tour of a town/village.  These can be themed, for example, heritage, gardens, or food trips.
Cycles from your school to a local amenity on cycle to school/work Wednesday (13th June) for bike based games such as treasure hunts and slow bicycle races;
A midsummer night cycle
Bike maintenance workshops
Bike art exhibition
Bike school art competition, quiz or drama
Family fun cycle
Bike fashion show
Cycling window display competition in local shops
Picnic cycle
Fancy dress bike parade.
Greenway Cycle
The list is endless! 

Grants available may be somewhere in the range of €100 to €350 per successful group/event, depending on applications received and the nature of those applications.


Completed applications should be e-mailed to or, alternatively, application forms can be posted to Johnny Codd, Community Dept., Waterford City and County Council, City Hall, The Mall, Waterford.

The CLOSING DATE for applications is 4 p.m. Friday 13th April 2018.
Applications received after this time will not be considered.

For further information contact: Johnny Codd, Community Section, Lo Call 0761 10 2503


WSP Club Grant 2018

Published: March 15, 2018

2018 Club Grant – WSP allocated 3,000 euro to twenty eight sports clubs and disability organisation which has enabled eighty three coaches to attend courses to increase their knowledge and improve their coaching sessions at club level.
Since 2009 under our Coaching and Development Funds, Waterford Sports Partnership has allocated 196 separate grants totalling €47,279 funding 25 new clubs and 718 coaches from new and established Clubs in Waterford.

The 2018 WSP Sports Grant aims to support volunteers and develop opportunities for people to participate in organised sport. The grant offered clubs the opportunity to access funding for club members for referee/coaching courses accredited by Coaching Ireland or a National Governing Body of Sport.

Dungarvan Rugby Club chairperson Trevor Doherty said ‘the funding we have received towards coaching costs for the Foundation Level Rugby Course will enable us to offer our thriving junior section higher quality coaching and help the club continue to develop’.

The successful applicants were: Abbeyside Ladies Football, Ardmore A.C, Ballinroad Soccer Club, Ballyduff AFC, De La Salle Football Club, De La Salle Juvenile GAA Club, Deise Dragons, Dungarvan GAA, Dungarvan Gymnastics club, Dungarvan Rugby Club, Dunhill Squash Club, Dyspraxia Waterford, Ferrybank Athletics Club, Finisk Valley Athletic, Gaultier Ladies football, Lismore AFC, Lismore Camogie Club, Park Rangers, Portlaw Camogie Club, Saviours Crystal Boxing Club, Seaview Celtic A.C., St Saviour’s A.F.C, Tramore Athletic Club, Tramore GAA, Tramore RFC, Waterford Boat Club, Waterford Community Games and Waterford Crystal Swimming Club.

For more information please contact: Peter Jones, Sports Development Officer, Waterford Sports Partnership on 0761 10 2191

Waterford City & County Council Supporting Communities Fund

Published: January 26, 2018

Waterford City & County Council Supporting Communities Fund 2018 is now open for applications
Closing date for applications EXTENDED to Wednesday 7th March 2018.
Waterford City & County Council is committed to encouraging communities and empowering residents to make a difference to their areas. To support this, the Council is inviting applications to its Supporting Communities Fund 2018.

The Supporting Communities Fund provides grant aid assistance to Residents Associations, Community Groups, Sports Clubs and other groups/committees engaged in community activity, providing community services or carrying out improvement works at local or county level. Groups can apply under one the following 3 funding strands:

1. Residents Association Fund,
2. Community Activity Fund,
3. Sports & Recreation Fund

How to apply
All applicants must complete a Supporting Waterford Communities Fund 2018 application form:
Supporting Waterford Fund Guide 2018 – English
Supporting Waterford Fund Guide 2018 – As Gaelige
Supporting Community Fund 2018 Application Form
Supporting Community Fund 2018 Fhoirm Iarratais

Alternatively you can collect an application pack at Waterford City & County Council Customer Service points at Bailey’s New Street, Waterford or at the Civic Offices, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan or alternatively you can email  to have an application pack sent out to you.

Once completed please submit your application by email to  or in hard copy to:

Colette O’Brien,
Supporting Waterford Communities Fund 2018,
Waterford City & County Council,
Baileys New Street,

Closing EXTENDED to Wednesday 7th March 2018

Waterford Sports Partnership

Waterford Sports Partnership (WSP) was established in 2002 by Sport Ireland (formerly the Irish Sports Council) as part of the Local Sports Partnership initiative with the aim of increasing participation in sport and physical activity in County Waterford.


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County Office:
Civic Offices
Co. Waterford
Tel: 0761 10 2194

City Office:
Regional Sports Centre
Cork Road
Tel: 0761 10 2682

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