Munster GAA Development Grants
The overall scheme consists of two schemes rolled in to one. The Central Council Scheme has a budget of €640,000, while the Munster Council Scheme has a budget of €490,000. This gives an overall budget of €1,130,000
The scheme consists of 8 categories, with all apart from Category 5, funding activity at club level. Category 5, which deals with County Ground Development, has its own budget under the Munster Council Budget Framework and is not part of the €1,030,000 outlined above.
Central Council funds categories 1, 2, 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d, 6e and 8, while the Munster Council funds all 8 categories. Please note that the one application form will suffice for both schemes.
Each category has an expenditure ceiling, which means that expenditure beyond this amount is not funded. Therefore, if the ceiling of a particular category is €100,000 and a club spends €250,000, it is effectively the first €100,000 of expenditure that is eligible for funding.
Categories 1,2,3,4, 7 and 8 are considered as ‘statutory’ and therefore, these categories are dealt with first, meaning the full amount due under the scheme is paid. For example, if a club spends over €175,000 on land purchase (see Category 1), the club will receive the full €20,000 committed under the scheme.
The amount of funding available for category 6 depends largely on the number of applications received and the amount left over after categories 1,2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 have been satisfied. Therefore, it is unlikely that there will be sufficient funding to satisfy the max grants available as outlined below. An estimate to use is that around 10% to 15% of the ceiling expenditure will be available. This is not a commitment, but an estimate.
The 8 categories are now outlined in greater detail. Please take note of the expenditure ceiling in each category.
Category 1 Grants (Purchase)
a. The level of purchase grant shall be 20% of eligible expenditure to a maximum grant of €20,000. The expenditure ceiling is €150,000. The first €25,000 of a purchase will not be considered for funding, which effectively places the expenditure ceiling on the amount eligible for grant aid at €125,000.
b. A purchase is considered as one purchase, no matter how many folio numbers are involved. A club that receives a purchase grant to the maximum of €20,000 will not be entitled to a purchase grant for another 5 years.
c. This section of the scheme is funded equally by Central Council and the Munster Council.
d. Grants shall not be paid except where:
Category 2 Grants (Changing Room Complex)
a. The level of purchase grant shall be 20% of eligible expenditure to a maximum grant of €20,000. That results in an expenditure ceiling of €100,000.
b. This section of the scheme is funded equally by Central Council and the Munster Council.
c. Applications under this category are confined to the construction of new buildings. However extensions to existing building will be considered.
d. Applications in relation to the reconstruction or refurbishment of existing changing rooms, where the total overall expenditure is less than €40,000, shall be considered under Category 6 – Other Club Development Projects.
e. Clubs cannot apply under this category at the same site for a five year period after having received such a grant.
f. Grants shall not be paid except where:
Category 3 Grants (Schools Grounds Purchase & Development)
a. The level of school grounds purchase and development grant shall be 15% of eligible costs to a maximum of €5,000.
b. This section of the scheme is funded solely by the Munster Council.
Category 4 Grants (Construction or Refurbishment of Handball Court)
a. The level of grant for New Courts shall be 15% of eligible costs to a maximum of €5,000
b. The level of grant for Refurbishment of existing Courts shall be 20% of costs to a maximum of €2,500
c. This section of the scheme is funded solely by the Munster Council.
Category 5 Grants (County & Major Grounds)
a. The budget for the County Development Grants is managed through the provisions of the “2015 to 2024 Budget Framework” as approved by the Munster Council. This section of the scheme is funded solely by the Munster Council.
Category 6 Grants (Other Club Development Projects)
a. The level of grant awarded under this category will be dictated by the number of applications received and the amount available in the fund after the Grant Categories 1 to 4 and 7 and 8 have been dealt with. The amounts and percentages, as stated below, are only maximum limits applied and not guaranteed levels of the grant to be awarded.
b. Please note that this section of the scheme is funded equally by Central Council and the Munster Council.
c. Eligible expenditure under this category shall be confined to the following categories
d. Subject to the level of funding available in any year (see 12 below) the level of grant available in each of the above categories shall be as follows;
e. To qualify for grant aid under any category 6 category, a minimum expenditure of €5,000 is required. Smaller units will be permitted to satisfy this requirement by combining expenditure over a maximum of two years. Grant aid is project specific so new projects in the category will be considered. For example, if a club receives a grant for developing a new pitch and decides to develop a second pitch two or three years later, they will be entitled to a grant as it is a new project.
Category 7 Grants (Sanding Grant Scheme)
a. The level of sanding scheme grants shall be 50% of sanding cost to a maximum of €2,000 p.a. for a maximum of three years
b. Applications under this category shall be processed via the Coaching & Games Development Sub-Committee using the approved criteria for the scheme, this will include detailed invoices outlining sand transport and purchase costs.
c. This category of Sanding Grant is only available to a limited number of Clubs per County i.e. 2, over a 3 year cycle.
d. Grants will only be approved to clubs who make their pitches generally available for schools and colleges fixtures.
Category 8 Grants (Property Ownership Regularisation Grant)
a) This grant is made available to clubs who undertake to regularise the legal ownership of their property in accordance with GAA Rules on assets and Trustees.
b) This grant assists clubs with the legal fees associated with the regularisation of the title ownership of their property, along with the vesting of such property in the GAA.
c) The maximum grant available for this is €700 per club.
d) This section of the scheme is funded equally by Central Council and the Munster Council.
Guidelines and application forms for grant aid can be found below.