As part of Ireland Actives continued advocacy for the leisure, health and fitness industry, we have secured funding approval for swimming pools as part of the Sport Ireland Swimming Pool Energy Support Scheme.

Sport Ireland has requested that Ireland Active commence the first part of the application process to establish the funding needs of swimming pools.

The information gathered will allow us to identify and submit an overall funding application on behalf of the industry. The application will not take long to complete and will ensure that your facility is in the application process. 

The closing date for response to this survey is COB on Monday, 23rd October 2023.

Swimming Pool Energy Support Scheme Application

Funding Guidelines 


  • The swimming pool is publicly accessible (minimum qualifying criteria).
  • The swimming pool provides swimming lessons that are accessible to the general public (minimum qualifying criteria).
  • The Sports Energy Support Scheme (SESS) for Swimming Pools will contribute to the increased energy costs associated with providing swimming pool-related activity only.
  • The Eligibility period will relate 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 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.
  • Levels of support already received via TBESS and any/all other support or subvention provided by Local Authorities, Universities, third parties, etc, must be declared.