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Sport and Leisure Grants

Grant Programme Overview

Grant Programme Overview

The Council provides financial support to clubs, athletes, coaches, and officials in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough to help them perform at a high level and develop within their respective sports.

Funding is also available for sports events taking place within Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough to promote and enhance sport participation, as well as to bring real economic benefits and raise the profile of the Borough.

Please note that Sports much be affiliated to a recognised governing body with the Home Countries. Visit Sport NI for more information.

Sport and Leisure Grants Timetable

Sport and Leisure Grants open five times throughout the year. The table below outlines the opening and closing dates for each call for applications.  

Open Date
Closing Date
Notification of Outcome


8 April 2024

31 May 2024

July 2024


1 June 2024

31 July 2024

September 2024


1 August 2024

31 October 2024

December 2024


1 November 2024

31 December 2024

February 2025


1 January 2024

28 February 2025

April 2025

For example, if an applicant applies anytime during call 2 (1 June – 31 July) all applications will be scored during the month of August and prepared for decision at Committee during the month of September.

Sport and Leisure Grants

Capital Grants

Funding available to local sports clubs for the development of new facilities or the enhancement of existing facilities

View Capital Grants

Defibrillator Grants

Funding for local sports clubs or community groups towards the purchase of a defibrillator and associated security casing where applicable

View Defibrillator Grants

Sport and Leisure Events Grants

Funding for sport and leisure events taking place within Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough

View Sport and Leisure Events Grants

Fitness Suite Gold Card

12 months MORE Membership for elite athletes living in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough

View Fitness Suite Gold Card

Grants for Clubs

Funding to support sports clubs to attend high level competitions, deliver coach education programmes or purchase specialised equipment to improve facilities.

View Grants for Clubs

Grants for Coaches and Officials

Funding to support aspiring coaches and officials to achieve coaching/officiating qualifications

View Grants for Coaches and Officials

Grants for Athletes

Funding for elite and aspiring high performers who are competing (or have the potential to compete) at the highest level in their sport

View Grants for Athletes

Sport and Leisure Grants FAQs

  • My son is currently on the Ulster development panel in the sport of golf, and plays in national competitions, can he apply for a grant?
  • I coach for a club inside Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough but am a resident from a different borough, can I apply for a grant under coaches and officials?
  • I am an elite shooter and have competed for N.I. in the Commonwealth games, Can I apply for grants to athletes to cover equipment costs?
  • Do the Council fund defibrillators for community and sports groups?
  • I am a member of a local football club and would like to enquire about funding towards running an IFA foundation coaching course to put 15 of our volunteers through their coaching badge.
  • Our club has recently installed a new 3g pitch, do Council fund floodlighting?
  • When will I be notified if my grant has been successful/unsuccessful?
  • Several of our Club coaches want to go on a coaching course in Dublin, what category do we apply in?