Sport Ireland opened the application process for €35million of funding for sports clubs to combat rising energy costs this winter.

The funding was announced as part of Budget 2023 in October and will support National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and their affiliated clubs.

The relevant sport bodies have been given guidelines on what supports will be offered, with clubs told to contact their governing body for any help with the application.

Sport Ireland CEO Una May said: "We are delighted to announce details of this Energy Support Scheme aimed at supporting our National Governing Bodies and their clubs at a time of need and, along with various support schemes announced and rolled out during the recent Covid-19 pandemic, it shows the commitment of the Government to supporting a robust sports sector."

The result of the applications will be communicated to governing bodies in December with distribution of the funding to their relevant clubs and affiliate organisations from January.

Sport Ireland will retain a portion of the overall funding to address any anomalies or unknown needs that may arise in sporting bodies in early 2023.