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Sports Energy Support Scheme

Sports Energy Support Scheme – Needs Analysis 

Sport Ireland has requested the support of Cork Sports Partnership to coordinate an Energy Support Scheme as part of phase 2 of the Sports Energy Support Scheme (SESS) rollout.

About the Scheme:

In 2022, the Government of Ireland provided an additional investment of €35 million to Sport Ireland to support sporting organisations with the rising energy costs associated with the provision of sport, e.g., indoor activity in winter, the provision of outdoor floodlighting etc. To date, €19 million has been distributed through Sport Ireland Recognised National Governing Bodies of Sport.


Applications from Community Facilities that have not received funding through any of the following schemes will be considered as part of this phase of the scheme.

  • Sports Energy Support Scheme (SESS) – Phase 1
  • Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS)
  • Community Voluntary Sector Energy Support Scheme (CVESS)
  • or other Government Energy Support Schemes through the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD), Local Authorities etc.

Additional Points of Note:

  • Scheme will not cover Private/Commercial gyms, pools & sports facilities, Local authority facilities, School or Third level sports facilities.
  • Scheme will contribute to the increased energy costs associated with providing sporting activity only.
  • Eligibility Period: between September 1st 2022 and May 31st 2023.
  • Organisations applying for support must own/lease the sporting facilities or be the primary utility bill payer.

Ineligible Costs:

  • Non-Energy related increases; including increased costs in accommodation, rent, rates or labour costs.
  • Fuel costs associated with machinery, vehicles, travel or transport.
  • Pre-existing debts or deficits.
  • Energy costs associated with non-sporting activities such as bars, restaurants etc.; however, such trading activity may be eligible for support under the Government’s Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS).

Survey Link:

Deadline: 5 pm on Wednesday 24th May 

If you are unsure whether or not you are eligible for the scheme based on the information above, please fill out the short form anyway, as it will allow us to feedback to Sport Ireland on any additional needs within the sector for additional support/scope in any potential future phases of the scheme.

Please Note: The above survey does not constitute the application form for the SESS scheme but will help inform Cork Sports Partnership (CSP) on the local need and likely funding required for the scheme. Following a review of responses received, CSP will put forward an application for funding to Sport Ireland for funding. The official application process for the scheme will open in Q3 following confirmation of funding from Sport Ireland.

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