Minister Byrne Launches Participation Nation Outdoor Fund

Posted on 7 May 2024

The Minister of State for Sport, Physical Education and the Gaeltacht, Thomas Byrne T.D., has launched a new sport investment fund, the ‘Participation Nation Outdoor Fund’, for the purchase and installation of permanent sport equipment that can be placed on public land for community use.

In line with the Programme for Government target of reaching 60% overall participation in sport by 2027, the fund is designed to spur physical activity in local community settings by supporting Local Sports Partnerships with the development of sport projects on publicly-accessible land.

The fund will be overseen by the Department and administered by Sport Ireland with applications open to the network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships. (‘LSP’). A minimum of €70,000 will be available to each LSP for the purposes of installing barrier-free sports infrastructure on publicly-accessible land. 

The new fund will complement the existing Sports Capital and Equipment Programme and the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund.

Any queries regarding the fund should be directed to

Deadline for applications: Friday, 21 June 2024.

Full details