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Sports Energy Support Scheme – Extended Deadline

24th August 2023

Sports Energy Support Scheme

Sport Ireland has requested the support of Cork Sports Partnership and the Local Sports Partnership network 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.
  • Sports clubs should apply directly to their NGB for SESS funding support. 
  • 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).

Application Link: Click here>>>

Deadline: 5 pm on Friday 13th October 2023 


Please take some time to read through the guidelines for this scheme before completing your application. Applications must be completed in one sitting as their is no facility to save and return to the application.

All application questions are included in the scheme guidelines. 

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