Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD launched €8 million under the 2023 CLÁR programme. Under the initiative, grants of up to €50,000 will be provided to support the development of community and sports facilities, youth clubs, playgrounds, sensory gardens, walking tracks and much more.
CLÁR is targeted funding for small infrastructural projects in rural areas experiencing depopulation - projects must be in a Clár area and proposals based on locally identified priorities; Maximum Grant is 50,000 at 90% of Eligible Costs.
For the first time under the Clár Programme, funding will be provided to carry out small scale renovation works to Community Centres, and upgrades & improvements to spectator stands at local sports grounds.
The 2023 programme will be delivered through 3 separate Measures as follows:
- Measure 1 - Community Facilities and Amenities will be administered by the local authorities in consultation with local communities.
- Measure 2 - Mobility, Cancer Care and Community First Responders Transport.
- Measure 3 - Our Islands.
The list below provides an indication of the types of interventions that may be supported, but is not exhaustive:
- Small scale renovation works to Community Centres
- Multi-Use Gaming Areas (MUGAs)/Astro-Turf Facilities
- Skateboard Parks / Playgrounds/ Pump Tracks/ Cycle Tracks
- Walking /Running/ Athletic Tracks
- Handball Alleys
- Tennis Courts
- Basketball Courts / Cricket Grounds
- Community Gyms /Community Cinema’s
- Sensory Gardens
- Community Gardens /Allotments
- Outdoor Bowling Areas /Outdoor toilet facilities/Car Parking
- Access to unique Heritage sites/ area of natural beauty
Fully completed forms for Measure 1 must be returned to Galway County Council by midnight on Monday 8th May 2023 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Enquiries can be made by calling 091 509396
Note: Applications for Measures 2 and 3 must be made directly to the Dept. of Rural and Community Development. Please see gov.ie - CLÁR-Funding for Small-Scale Rural Projects (www.gov.ie) for further information.
Any facilities funded must be available to the public without a requirement to be a member of a club, enrolled in a school etc. In particular facilities on school grounds must be open to the public outside of school hours e.g., during the evenings, weekends, and school holidays.
A Webinar on CLÁR in association with the Galway County Public Participation Network, (PPN) is being planned date to be confirmed.
Details of the various measures, including the relevant Scheme Outlines, are available on the DRCD website at https://www.gov.ie/en/policy-information/91ba52-clar/