The CLÁR-Funding for Small-Scale Rural Projects
(Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais) is a targeted investment programme which provides funding for small-scale infrastructural projects in rural areas that have suffered the greatest levels of population decline.
There were three measures funded under the 2019 CLÁR programme:
Measure 1: support for schools or community safety measures
Measure 2: play areas (including multi-use games areas)
Measure 3: community wellbeing supports comprising of:
3(a) first response support
3(b) mobility and cancer care transport
3(c) sensory gardens
The closing date for applications under all 2019 measures was the 25th of April.
Town and Village Renewal
The central aim of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme is to support the revitalisation of towns and villages, to improve the living and working environment of their communities, and increase their potential to support increased economic activity into the future.
Projects which receive funding will:
increase the attractiveness of the town or village as a local commercial and social centre, and as a result increase its sustainability as a place in which to live and work
enhance the town or village's environment and amenities in the interests of residents, businesses, and visitors
promote the town or village’s potential for tourism and as a centre for culture and local heritage, thus enhancing the sense of identity
The type of projects to be funded under this scheme is primarily a matter for the local authorities
to identify in partnership with local business and communities.
basic services targeted at hard-to-reach communities
protection and sustainable use of water resources
The LEADER programme is administered at a local level by 29 local action groups, which contain local representatives from the community, public and private sector. Each group is responsible for selecting and awarding LEADER funding to projects within their geographical area.
A project must be aligned with the priorities of the local development strategy. The total funding available under the LEADER 2014-2020 Programme is €250 million.