In November 2020, Sport Ireland announced a €70M fund to support Irish sport in the Republic of Ireland, with one component of the overall fund aimed specifically at projects that supported clubs and affiliates who may be experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19 and who would need financial assistance to maintain operations.

That €70 million was increased by a further €15 million with a special payment to the GAA to enable them to run their 2020 championships.

That brought the GAA finding to €30 795 000, ahead of Rugby which got €18 million, the FAI who got €13 million, and Golf €2.73 million.

Cricket ranked 5th in the distribution getting a total of €1.498 500 for three different schemes. Other sports who received more than a €1 million were gymnastics, basketball and Horse Sport.

Cricket Ireland's allocation was in three parts €1 109 000, €197 500, and €192 000.

The €197K scheme was released in December and following information sessions, the process of allocation went ahead.

All 31 clubs who made submissions received a positive funding outcome, however, with the available fund over-subscribed twofold, an assessment of need, the quality of submission and advice from Provincial Unions determined the final allocation amounts.

A total of €190,690 was awarded to: 23 clubs based in Leinster, 7 clubs based in Munster, 1 club based in Connacht  and two Provincial Unions.

The residual €6.8K has been held back by Cricket Ireland to be deployed for any emergency assistance that may be required from clubs who may not have applied under the original scheme or clubs who did apply but need additional support. This has been approved by Sport Ireland.

Elaine Nolan, Participation Director for Cricket Ireland, said: “Sport Ireland has been a great source of support, advice and funding for the Irish sporting sector during the pandemic, and as part of their funding package it is greatly appreciated that an allocation of funds has been identified for the grassroots and clubs during these extraordinary times.

“We were delighted in securing almost €200K that will flow directly into the clubs and the structures which support them.”

FUNDING ALLOCATIONS

  • Bagenalstown CC €3,600
  • Balbriggan CC €10,200
  • Carlow CC €3,400
  • Civil Service CC €4,445
  • Clondalkin CC €2,000
  • Clontarf CC €8,000
  • Cork County CC €5,000
  • Cork Harlequins CC €5,000
  • County Galway CC €3,000
  • County Kerry CC €4,300
  • Greystones CC €4,800
  • Knockharley CC €3,000
  • Laois CC €3,430
  • Leinster CC €4,500
  • Limerick CC €2,600
  • Lismore CC €2,000
  • Lucan CC €2,300
  • Malahide CC €10,600
  • Merrion CC €8,000
  • Middleton CC €1,100
  • North County CC €7,500
  • North Kildare CC €5,000
  • Pembroke CC €8,000
  • Phoenix CC €6,836
  • Railway Union CC €5,000
  • Terenure CC €4,500
  • The Hills CC €7,935
  • Tyrrelstown Cricket Club €2,000
  • UCC CC €1,700
  • Wexford Wanderers CC €2,950
  • YMCA €7,000
  • TOTAL CLUBS €149,696
  • Cricket Leinster €32,000
  • Munster Cricket €8,995
  • TOTAL PU's €40,995
  • Total Grant Payable € 190,691
  • Residual emergency fund € 6,809