Mayo Sports Partnership

Special Participation Investment Scheme

Special Participation Investment Scheme 2018

The 2018 investment scheme is now open.  This is the only investment scheme the Partnership operates on an annual basis and is overseen by the board.

 Each year Mayo Sports Partnership assist sports groups/organisations financially in projects which main aim is to increase particapation in sports/activities. The Special Participation Initiative Investment Scheme is aimed at encouraging clubs/organisations to introduce new additional projects which aim to increase participation in and opportunities for physical activity.

We would ask you to please read very carefully the application guidelines before completing and to include all required documentation (Application form, Club Constitution and Bank Statements) when applying.

To download a copy of the application form in word please click here 2018 SPG Application Form 2017 SPG Application Form - Word



Eligible Projects (may include):                                

 Introduction of new sports projects/initiatives for target groups where opportunities do not already exist (Target Groups include: Youth at Risk, disadvantaged communities, women, travellers, unemployed, ethnic minorities)                                                                                                                                               

 Special projects/initiatives that cater for people with disabilities.                                                                               

Projects which reflect a wide geographical spread.                                                                  

 Projects which provide for a significant number of participants (mass participation ie Cycling / Walking Programmes)                                  

Outdoor education/water sport projects for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.                                             

 New initiatives/sports clubs promoting participation in sport and physical activity by groups with low participation rates.   

 Walking / jogging / cycling Meet and Train Groups which target the adult population and have a social connectedness element to the programme                                 

 Ineligible Projects (will include):     

Capital / Building Projects

Day-to-Day club running costs (eg. transport, insurance etc)

Annual venue hire or rent expenses

 Initiatives which are not additional to existing activities ie ( Club U-14 / U-16 Teams etc)

Purchase of prizes

Applications from profit groups/commerical organisations

Applications from individuals (applications must be made by a club/organisation)

Sports clubs not affiliated to their relevant National Governing Body (NGB)

Applications from Statutory Agencies, Pre schools or Primary/Secondary Schools

Older Peoples groups etc (please refer to Go For Life scheme)


Maximum which can be allocated to any one project is €1,000  and this is dependent on the quality of the initiative.

Please note that priority will be made to applications from Sports Clubs / groups

The Mayo Sports Partnership board will decide on all successful applications and its recommendations are final.

Club Training/Development Grants

The Mayo Sports Partnership Club Development Programme provides grant assistance to sport and
recreation clubs/organisations within County Mayo for Club Training/Development and Special Project Participation Initiatives. This scheme reflects and will contribute to, the strategies of the Irish Sports Council  National Coaching and Training Centre and Mayo Sports Partnership Strategic Plan 20010 - 20014. This Grant Scheme aims to increase participation and improve the management and administration of clubs and in particular, to develop youth structures in clubs/organisations, thereby providing sport and physical activity opportunities.


Please note that Sports Partnership run courses/workshops are subsidised and therefore should not applied for under this scheme. In some cases Sports Development Officers link with the Partnership office directly to avail of the scheme ie: subsidised courses in Soccer, GAA, Athletics, Badminton. We would ask you to p lease check with your Development Officer in your sport to see if this is the case before contacting the office/sending in application.


Eligible Courses (may include):

  • Sports specific Coach Education (e.g Athletics, Basketball, Gaelic, Socer).
  • Committee and / or Volunteer education, Administration & management courses
  • Generic courses outlined on application form, Child Protection, First Aid, Sport for All Leader Award etc
  • Accredited courses by NCTC or NGB
  • Applicants who have a bona fide youth structure in place
  • Applicants from club/organisations within Co Mayo

Ineligible Courses (will include):

  • Courses outside Ireland
  • Sport related courses delivered by bodies not recognised under the National Coaching Development Programme or by the National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGB's) if one exists.
  • Generic sports courses delivered by a non-recognised agency
  • Day to day running costs (e.g insurance, transport)
  • Applicants from individuals (applications must be made by the club / organisation).
  • Courses not directly relted to applicant club/ organisation e.g. team building.

Click on the link below to download an application form: Club Training Grant Applic


 This programme is currently closed. Se below information for the 2015 scheme.


The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 Sports Capital Programme for applications.

A fund of €40 million is available for development of sports facilities and the purchasing of sports equipment. 

Applications are now 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.

Application can only be made online at .


The 2015 guide to filling out the online application form, including the terms and conditions, may be downloaded:

 The Sports Capital Programme YouTube channel has guides to the registration and application processes.


2016 Go For Life Grant Scheme for Older People

 National Grant Scheme to help older people to get active – Note that this scheme will open in October 2016

 The Go for Life Small Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for older people is currently closed. The scheme is aimed at encouraging older people to get active and is used by groups and clubs all over Ireland to buy equipment, run sports events or try new activities. Last year over 1,000 groups and organisations availed of this opportunity. Each grant awarded this year will be between €250 and €700.


Locally Mayo Sports Partnership assists groups in preparing applications or in just dealing with their queries. If your group needs assistance please contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 email or log on to its website at


Grants will be between €300 and €700 and may be allocated towards the cost of the following initiatives outlined below: 

 Physical Activity Programme

For example, (1) a 5-week programme to introduce older people to an activity such as aerobics, aquafit, tai-chi or tennis - the costs of hall hire and a qualified instructor might form part of the overall cost; or (2) an initiative by a sports club to involve more older people – the purchase of special equipment, facility hire or qualified instructor might form part of the overall cost.

 Purchase of Equipment / Resource Materials

For example, pitch and putt set, physical activity kitbag, play parachute, badminton rackets, skittles kit.  Please note that for the 2011 grant scheme Short Mat Bowling equipment will only be considered for joint applications where it will be shared by two or more groups.  Grants will not be allocated towards the cost of audio visual equipment (DVD or CD Players, Televisions etc.) or exercise machines.

 Participation Event

For example, organisation of a Sportsfest aimed at introducing older adults to a range of recreational sports.

 Grants will not be allocated towards the cost of:


Non-sporting/physical activities

 Ongoing Commitments

e.g. membership fees for gyms or sports clubs, rental of facilities or employment of professional instructors on an ongoing basis;

 Club Insurance / Taxes or Rates

 Foreign Travel / Visits

 Feasibility Studies


 Capital Costs such as the development or refurbishment of facilities.


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