Clubs must be registered on OSCAR to apply for Sports Capital Grants
The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, recently indicated that a new Sports Capital Programme may be announced in early 2017. Therefore it is important that any clubs considering applying in the next or future rounds ensure they are in a position to do so by firstly registering with the online system OSCAR.
Background to the Sports Capital Programme
The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is managed by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment throughout the country. Grants are available to sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities. Third level colleges, ETB’s and schools may also apply for funding jointly with sports clubs.
OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register)
The Sports Capital Programme online system is called OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register).
This is the only way to apply for grants under the Sports Capital Programme. OSCAR also allows registered groups to view previous grants and payments, change contact details, seek payment of a grant and otherwise communicate with the Department online.
Any organisation that wishes to use the system must first register online. This guide will lead users through the registration process. Organisations only need to register once.
Getting Help Using OSCAR
The Department has created several ways to help organisations use the OSCAR system:
- Written guides to every stage of the programme (such as this document) available at http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sports-capital-programme
- A YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq1kBv-FA7QcFmu8cdrIsTg
- A growing knowledge base of frequently asked questions on all aspects of the programme www.sportscpitalprogramme.ie
- Email SportsCapitalProgrammes@dttas.ie
- Phone the official that deals with your county http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sport-unit-1-sports-capital-programmes-division
You Need a Tax Registration Number to Register
A Tax Registration Number (TRN) is required for all organisations wishing to register on OSCAR. The TRN is the unique identifier and user name for logging into the system.
You need written confirmation of the TRN from the Revenue Commissioner prior to completing the registration process either in the form of a tax clearance certificate or a letter from Revenue confirming your TRN. It is not permitted to use the TRN of your national governing body, regional grouping or of a different organisation. If your organisation already has a tax clearance certificate, the TRN is in the top left hand corner of the certificate.
If your organisation is not a limited company and does not currently have a TRN, getting one is simple. You complete the 1 page form ‘Registration Form for voluntary non-profit making organisations’ and return to your local Revenue Office. It should take around 10 working days to get written confirmation of your TRN.
If your organisation is a limited company, the form to be completed is Form TR2. In this case, you should ensure that your company is registered with the Companies Registration Office prior to application for a TRN.
Further information including the contact details for your local Revenue Office is available from Revenue and from the Companies Registration Office.
Fill in the online registration form