2021 Covid Resilience Fund Update


Sport Ireland has secured additional funding from Government for 2021 to support Sporting Organisations with the impact of COVID 19. All funding support awarded for athletics will be granted through Athletics Ireland and due to the time pressures of the application Athletics Ireland will administer the Club Resilience Fund.

Further details of the Club Resilience Fund application will be available in the coming weeks once the value of the Athletics Club scheme has been determined.

All Clubs wishing to apply for this scheme are asked to start preparing their submission now and full details of the submission requirements will be circulated to Club Secretaries in the coming days.


  • The stated objective of the COVID 19 scheme is to protect the sports sector from permanent financial and strategic harm arising from the public health crisis.  
  • The primary purpose of the scheme is to prevent any viable sports organisation from becoming insolvent.
  • The secondary purpose of the scheme is to ensure that the sports sector has the capacity to make a significant medium and long-term contribution to the public health of the nation.
  • The distribution of funds will be consistent with the aims and values of the National Sports Policy 2018 - 2027.
  • This investment is new and is in addition to funding provided previously to Sport Ireland in 2021.
  • Funding allocations to NGBs, LSPs and clubs under the new scheme will be determined following a robust grant application and assessment process conducted by Sport Ireland.
  • Sport Ireland will distribute primarily to and through recognised National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and the national network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs).
  • Sport Ireland must be fully satisfied that the grant is absolutely required.
  • The funding is targeted at issues arising from COVID 19.
  • Non COVID related losses and pre-existing debts or deficits will not be covered.
  • There must be evidence of a sports organisation working to a business recovery plan.
  • Principles of fairness will apply.
  • No upper or lower limits are in place.
  • This can only be determined when the extent of the demand of the schemes is known.

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