Details of €26m worth of new funding for local sports projects across the country have been announced.

The grants are the first round of sports capital funding in four years and were outlined by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring this afternoon.

New criteria were introduced for this year's programme with a particular emphasis on clubs in disadvantaged areas.

"This funding will allow a diverse array of sports clubs and groups to build and improve much-needed facilities, or to purchase sports equipment," Mr Ring said.

Between 1998 and 2010, €140 per person was provided in sports capital funding across the country. However, the allocations to individual counties varied significantly.

While the best performing county got €196 of sports funding on a per capita basis, other counties got only a little over half of that.

On this occasion, funding has been allocated on a per-capita basis to each county with a weighting for past performance.

A total of 2,170 applications were received, the highest number of applications ever received under the programme.

These applications sought a total of €229m in funding. Further allocations of €4m will be made to national and regional projects in the coming weeks.

A breakdown of what was allocated to each organisation can be accessed on the department's website.