The Government has agreed that Level 5 as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will apply nationally until May 17th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is an absolute need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Please note that our library buildings will re-open to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect from Monday, May 10th. Please see Library Page.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

Offaly Sports Partnership COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme

Sports clubs in Offaly can now apply for COVID-19 Club Small Grants of up to €1,500 through Offaly Sports Partnership.

The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme is part of a series of COVID-19 related funding schemes from Sport Ireland, following the announcement of €70 million of funding by the Government to support the sports sector in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme will be implemented by Sport Ireland’s network of Local Sports Partnerships and will provide assistance to local clubs with covering costs associated with the reopening of sports clubs. This scheme is separate to the Sports Club Resilience Fund, which will be delivered through National Governing Bodies.

This scheme is designed to support sports clubs that do not have the finances to implement COVID-19 related hygiene and social distancing protocols. The COVID-19 Club Small Grants can be used to support COVID-19 related expenditure dating from 2nd May 2020 onwards (Date of publication of Government roadmap to recovery). As the total fund available is limited, clubs which already have the finances to implement COVID-19 protocols should not apply. 

This grant scheme is designed and intended to support return to sporting activities only and cannot be used to support COVID-19 costs related to hospitality services such as bars or restaurants within sports facilities.

The scheme will be based on identified needs. Offaly Sports Partnership and Sport Ireland will work together to ensure that the investment is distributed fairly and every effort will be made to ensure that the wider sports community benefits from this scheme. There is a €1,500 limit per club on this grant scheme however applications will be means tested and only clubs with the most need will be eligible for the full amount. Clubs should not feel that they have to apply for the full amount to be considered for support. 

Speaking regarding the launch of the COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme, LSP Coordinator with Offaly Sports Partnership, Eamonn Henry, said “Offaly Sports Partnership welcomes the announcement of financial support for sports clubs across Ireland and encourages all sports clubs in Offaly to assess their need for financial support towards COVID-19 related hygiene and social distancing protocols.”

Clubs are advised to contact Offaly Sports Partnership at sports@offalycoco.ie for further information on this scheme. Please note: -

· only one application can be submitted per sport club

· applications to Offaly Sports Partnership are only applicable to clubs based within Offaly

· funding applications must be submitted prior to Wednesday, 2nd September via the application form link on Offaly Sports Partnership’s website here

· clubs must ensure that, where available, they prioritise the application for funding support via their National Governing Body or relevant representative body. Funding support for the same purpose should not be sought from multiple sources

For further information, contact Eamonn Henry, Coordinator, Offaly Sports Partnership on 086 7948054 or by email to sports@offalycoco.ie