The last-remaining non-league side, or sides, in the competition at the end of the season will be entitled to draw down the fund to use against the cost of new equipment.
Mid-table Shelbourne will host high flying Cobh Ramblers in a potentially explosive clash in the SSE Airtricity First Division at Tolka Park on Friday evening (kick-off 7.45pm).
As the attendance figures came in this week, I had a feeling this was going to be a very strong week in the SSE Airtricity League of Ireland.
Drogheda United will look to record back-to-back wins for the first time since the opening two games of the season as they host Sligo Rovers at United Park on Friday (kick-off 7.45pm).
Galway United look to take their first three points of this season but face a tough task as they welcome champions Dundalk to Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night (kick-off 7.45).
Limerick travel to Tallaght on Friday evening with the aim of consolidating fourth position after the first series of games against hosts Shamrock Rovers (kick-off 8pm). Limerick are unbeaten in four games under interim manager Willie Boland.
The former Athlone player has been serving as head coach since being demoted from the manager's position in March.
Robbie Williams had given the Blues a first-half lead.
Kilkenny were just five minutes away from their first point since February 2016.
The Ireland captain broke his leg during last month's World Cup qualifying draw with Wales.