€65 million additional funding for Sport and Physical Activity through a COVID-19 investment programme


The Federation of Irish Sport welcomes the announcement by Ministers Catherine Martin and Jack Chambers of €65 million in additional funding for sport and physical activity through a COVID-19 investment programme.

The fund announced today is in addition to funding provided previously to Sport Ireland in 2021.

The fund will be delivered under five key schemes:

  1. A Field Sport Fund to support the FAI, the GAA and the IRFU
  2. A Resilience Fund to support the National Governing Bodies of Sport and other Sport Ireland Funded Bodies
  3. A Sports Club Resilience Fund
  4. A Swimming Pool & Facilities Fund
  5. A Fund to support the Resumption of Sport & Physical Activity


Commenting on the announcement, CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport said ‘We welcome the considerable investment in sport and physical activity announced today. The sector has experienced substantial financial challenges over the last 18 months and in that time our members have shown tremendous resilience and innovation to ensure sport and physical activity continues to provide people of all ages and abilities with the opportunity to be active and engaged daily. We thank Ministers Martin and Chambers for their work in securing the funding and their ongoing support during this difficult time, recent research conducted by Sport Ireland revealed there is a significant return when you invest in sport and physical activity not just economically but in health and social inclusion as well and I am delighted to see additional funding being made available to sporting bodies across the country’.