The 2019/20 domestic rugby season was formally concluded on March 19th, 2020 on the grounds of public safety, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The IRFU acknowledges that this situation has placed some clubs in a difficult financial situation.
IRFU CLUB CONTINUITY FUND – INTRODUCTION
It is a priority for Irish Rugby that all clubs survive the current crisis and remain operational.
The IRFU have therefore created a €500,000 Club Continuity Fund, to provide grants to those clubs who are most at risk due to the pandemic. Such clubs may apply for a grant of up to €5,000.
Clubs are expected to use all government guidance and support available to them before considering applying for the Club Continuity Fund.
The IRFU Club Continuity Fund should be a last resort for clubs who fear that they may not be able to re-open their gates as a direct result of COVID-19.
Continuity Fund Details
If, after taking account of the club’s reserves etc. and government support available, your club feels it is not at risk of closure, please do not apply. This will ensure funding goes to those clubs most in need.
All clubs are expected to have taken whatever action is possible to reduce their outgoings at this difficult time. Such actions will be taken into account in the assessment of the applications.
This application form has been created by the IRFU, in partnership with the provinces, to facilitate distribution of funding and identify clubs most at risk.
Clubs are asked to note:
- A completed application is not a guarantee of funding
- Demand may exceed available funds, therefore clubs may be granted less than the full amount requested
- Having made their submission, clubs may be asked to submit additional documentation in support of their application
The applications process is open from Wednesday April 1st, 2020. All applications must be sent to the appropriate provincial contact (below) by the deadline of 5pm on Thursday April 30th, 2020.
After initial assessment by the provinces, your application will be sent to IRFU for final consideration and decision. Applications will be processed by the end of May 2020 and clubs will be advised of the final decision at that point.
A Club Continuity Fund Application Form has been issued directly to the Honorary Secretary of each club.
Click Here To Download IRFU Club Cash Flow Update (Format: Microsoft Excel .xlsx)
Click Here To Download IRFU Club Continuity Form – IRL (Format: Microsoft Word .docx)
Click Here To Download IRFU Club Continuity Form – NI (Format: Microsoft Word .docx)