Ireland Active are pleased to announce that applications have now opened for funding available for swimming pools as part of Phase III of the Sports Energy Support Scheme.

As outlined in the initial application process in October which was used to establish the funding needs of the industry, to be eligible for funding all criteria outlined below must be met by the facility. A comprehensive guide on how to complete the application is available here. Please read this document and the criteria below before submitting an application.

The link to complete the Ireland Active – Sports Energy Support Scheme is available here.

The application process has a number of sections which must be completed in full, along with supporting documents which must be uploaded as part of the application process.

The closing date for completion of the application is strictly 5pm on Wednesday the 20th of March. No late applications will be accepted.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The Swimming Pool is publicly accessible (minimum qualifying criteria).
  • The Swimming Pool provides swimming lessons that are accessible to the public. (minimum qualifying criteria).
  • The Sports Energy Support Scheme (SESS) will contribute to the increased energy costs associated with providing swimming pool-related activity only.
  • Maximum grant funding available combining TBESS, SESS and any other energy subsidy is 100% of overall increases.
  • The Eligibility period only relates to  increased costs sustained between September 1st 2022, to July 31st 2023, VS Sept 2021 to July 2022
  • Non-energy-related increases are ineligible. These include increased costs in accommodation, rent, rates or labour costs.
  • Fuel costs associated with machinery, vehicles, travel, or transport do not qualify.
  • Pre-existing debts or deficits do not qualify.
  • Energy costs associated with non-sporting activities, such as accommodation bars, restaurants, etc., are not eligible under SESS.
  • Organisations applying for support must own/lease the swimming pool or be the primary utility bill payer.
  • The Scheme is aimed at supporting swimming pools in the Republic of Ireland only.
  • Please note that completion of this application does not guarantee funding.
  • All awards are subject to an administrative fee of  3% for Ireland Active members and 6% for non-members.
  • The application process has several sections which must be completed in full, along with supporting documents which must be uploaded as part of the application process.