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GAA on the ball!

Thursday, 19 October 2017

GAA on the ball! thumbnailLoughgiel Shamrocks have received money from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough to develop an artificial playing pitch at their grounds

GAA clubs are better at obtaining grants than organisations from the unionist community.

Those were the stark facts delivered to a DUP councillor who questioned funding allocation at the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Leisure and Development Committee meeting.

Members were told the latest successful applicants to the Capital Grants Programme were in line for awards totalling 423,587.

The biggest beneficiary was Loughgiel Shamrocks GAC with 294,000 earmarked for a new artificial pitch followed by St Matthew’s Drumsurn GAC with a grant of 69,000.

Completing the list was Portstewart Regeneration and Cultural Group which is line for a grant of 60,000.

Capital Grants funds are available to sports and community organisations who wish to develop new facilities.

The council has set aside 750,000 for the 2017/18 financial year

According to a committee report, five applications were received in the latest round of allocations but three failed the “eligibility criteria.”

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