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.
The Measures funded under the 2019 CLÁR programme are:
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
The 2018 CLÁR programme has funding provided under these measures:
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.
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:
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: