Carlow TD, Pat Deering, has said that over €23,000 in funding will benefit sports clubs across Carlow over the coming year.
The Fine Gael TD was speaking as the successful applications under the Sports Capital Projects (SCP) were announced by Minister of State with special responsibility for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross.
The grants announced on Thursday represent the first set of allocations under the 2018 round of the SCP and relate to projects previously deemed invalid under the 2017 round of the programme which have now been corrected.
Deputy Deering said: "I am delighted to see this much needed funding going to the places it will really make a big difference, our local sports clubs.
"This funding will benefit clubs in Carlow. Active engagement in sports not only helps keep young people healthy, but also builds confidence, independence and promotes team building."
The Carlow projects to benefit are Grange GAA club and grounds refurbishment (€22,300) and Carlow St Brigid's LGFA for the purchase of training and storage equipment (€1,300).
Deputy Deering added: "The Sports Capital Programme was re-instated by the last Fine Gael government in 2012, after it had been cut by Fianna Fáil in the wake of the economic crash.
"It represents an excellent value for money investment. It is crucial we invest in sport and the health of our population, particularly with obesity on the rise.
"Investing in sport is good for the health of the nation, both literally and economically," said the Carlow TD.
Minister of State with responsibility for Sport, Brendan Griffin said: "Since being appointed minister with responsibility for sport I have had the pleasure of seeing the huge difference that the Sports Capital Programme has made throughout the country.
"I commend the volunteers behind the clubs and groups receiving grants today. They are the lifeblood of sports in Ireland and providing them with the right facilities and equipment is the least we can do to assist them in their roles as coaches, mentors or grounds keepers."
Deputy Deering added: "The Sports Capital Programme remains an important means for providing suitable sports facilities and equipment to allow as many people as possible participate in sport in their communities here in Carlow."