The Sports Energy Support Scheme (SESS) Phase 3

Funding Guidelines & Application Process

In 2022, the Government provided an additional investment of €35 million 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.

A third phase of the Scheme is now open. The eligibility period of this Scheme will extend to the end of July 2023. Under the Scheme NGBs/LSPs can now:

(a) Apply for support towards the increased costs of energy for the months of June 2023 and July 2023.

(b) Apply for support for the complete period (Sept 2019 – July 2020 vs Sept 2022 – July 2023) for those clubs/facilities who did not previously make a claim.

(c) Utilise unused surpluses from Phase I/Phase II SESS funding to offset claims for June and July 2023.

Funding will be made available to support : - NGB affiliated Clubs along with their large scale national sporting facilities, centres or stadiums owned/affiliated or connected to the NGB. - LSP known, community owned sports facilities which do not currently qualify for TBESS or other Government support schemes through DRCD, Local Authorities etc. General cost of living increases such as rising costs in accommodation, rent, rates or labour costs are not eligible. Fuel costs associated with machinery, vehicles, travel or transport do not qualify.

The Sports Energy Support Scheme (SESS) will contribute to the increased energy costs associated with providing sporting activity only.
The Eligibility period will relate to increased costs sustained between September 1st 2022 and July 31st 2023.
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 activity such as bars, restaurants etc. are not eligible under SESS; however, such trading activity may be eligible for support under the Government’s Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS).
Organisations applying for support must own/lease the sporting facilities or be the primary utility bill payer.
The Scheme is aimed at supporting Clubs in the Republic of Ireland only.
Support will be capped at a maximum of €110,000 (average of €10k per month) for any one club/facility.
Please note this does not apply to national facilities/stadiums.

The Scheme will not cover the following:

Private/Commercial gyms & sports facilities. These enterprises are eligible to apply for TBESS.

Local authority facilities

School or Third level sports facilities.

To apply for this Scheme Click on this link

For further details email or call 052 616 6201

The Sports Energy Support Scheme (SESS) - Phase 3