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CLÁR-Funding for Small-Scale Rural Projects

Published: 19 November 2018
From: Department of Rural and Community Development


The CLÁR programme (Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais) provides funding for small-scale infrastructural projects in rural areas.

CLÁR aims to support sustainable development in identified areas by attracting people to live and work there. The funding works in conjunction with local funding and on the basis of locally identified priorities.

The scheme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development. It is delivered by local authorities in consultation with groups in local communities.

CLÁR Funding Area Maps

CLÁR funding for small-scale rural projects

2019 CLÁR Measures

The 2019 programme is now closed to applications. The Measures which were funded under the 2019 CLÁR programme were:

Measure 1: Support for Schools/Community Safety measures

Measure 2: Play Areas (including Multi-Use Games Areas)

Measure 3: Community Wellbeing Supports (new in 2019), comprising of:

(a) First Response Support

(b) Mobility and Cancer Care Transport

(c) Sensory Gardens

CLÁR 2019 Funding Approvals

2018 CLÁR Measures

The 2018 CLÁR programme has funding provided under these measures:

  • support for schools/community safety measures
  • play areas
  • first response support measures
  • support for mobility and cancer care transport

On 10 August 2018, Minister Ring launched a further CLÁR measure to recognise the role of volunteer organisations in the provision of vital services. These services include providing transport to and from medical support services for those with significant mobility issues, and to and from designated cancer treatment hospitals and centres under the National Cancer Control Programme.

CLÁR 2018 Funding Approvals

2017 CLÁR Measures

Minister Michael Ring TD, announced on 31 March 2017 details of the CLÁR programme for 2017.

The 2017 CLÁR programme saw funding provided under four measures:

  • support for schools/community safety measures
  • play areas
  • targeted community infrastructure needs
  • first response support measures

CLÁR 2017 Funding Approvals

2016 CLÁR Measures

The programme had been effectively closed for new applications since 2009 but was reopened by Minister Ring on 6 October 2016 with funding provided under the following measures:

  • safety package for schools/community facilities
  • outdoor play facilities enhancement scheme/support for the development of multi-use games areas (MUGA)
  • local access roads

CLÁR 2016 Funding Approvals

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