Applications are now closed

*Clarification (31.10.2020)

Ireland Active wishes to clarify that it is NOT a requirement of pools to have opened in 2020 in order to be eligible for the Grant.

The Presentation (which can be found by clicking here) has been amended accordingly.

There is no change to the Terms and Conditions [here] and FAQ’s below.

Ireland Active has (19th October 2020) opened applications for the COVID-19 swimming pool grant scheme made available to facilities that have been affected by Covid-19 restrictions (This fund is available to all publicly accessible pools- T&C’s apply, you do not have to be an Ireland Active member to apply). Ireland Active, the representative body for the leisure, health and fitness sector have been appointed by Sport Ireland to administrate the swimming pool grant scheme 2020, supported by our partners in Swim Ireland.

This €2.5m funding scheme was announced as part of the July Stimulus package, with the aim to support publicly accessible swimming pools in response to the challenge of the costs associated with swimming pools and the effort to re-open and remain open, with COVID-19 safety protocols, and to promote participation in the sport of swimming.

Swimming is the second-highest participation sport among adults in Ireland with almost 300,000 adults swimming each week in the country’s 400 swimming pools and leisure centres. Swimming pools provide a vital resource for clubs and communities across the country. This investment will help swimming pool operators continue to provide safe and essential service which is vital to sustain swimming and maintain high physical activity levels.

The fund will be assessed and scored in the areas of; pool size, costs of operation, public access and participation/programmes, and standards/compliance. Ireland Active will host an information webinar with Swim Ireland on Friday (23rd October) for all swimming pool/facility operators whereby queries can be answered in relation to the application.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Minister Martin and Minister of State Chambers and their officials at the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sports and Gaeltacht in acknowledging the sector and the importance of swimming to the nation’s health.


Who is not eligible to apply?

1.1. individuals;
1.2. swimming pools that are not open on or before the Closing Date, for reasons other than the
operation of Level 4 or Level 5 or other Public Health Restrictions, or pools who do not intend
to re-open before 31st March 2021; and
1.3. swimming pools that are not publicly accessible

Key Dates

  • Applications will open from 5pm Monday 19th October
  • Applications will close 5pm Monday 2nd November

To be eligible to apply to the Fund, the swimming pool must be:

(i) based within the Republic of Ireland;
(ii) publicly accessible (e.g. PAYG, paid members, swimming lessons, programmes, pool is open for public use)
(iii) open on or before the Closing Date, save where;
a. the pool is prohibited from opening due to the operation of Level 4 or Level 5 Public Health Restrictions; and/or
b. the pool is closed but intending to open before 31st March 2021.
(iv) compliant with legal requirements for operation, including but not limited to, Covid-19 best
practice, return to work protocols, general health and safety, public health and safeguarding regulations, and tax compliance.
(v) Only one application per swimming pool facility will be accepted

Information Webinar (Updated 31.10.2020, as outlined in clarification above)

An information webinar took place on Friday 23rd October for all swimming pool operators who wish to apply for the fund. For slides (updated 31.10.2020) please use download below, or for more information email


Grant Application

Please ensure that you have read through the following documents prior to commencement of the online application:

These documents outline all that is required of the online application, please note you will not be able to login or save the application while in progress.

Applications are now closed