CLÁR Funding 2020

CLÁR is one element of a €30 million package of co-ordinated and complementary supports that was recently launched by  Minister Ring, as part of his Department’s Rural Development Investment Programme.

CLÁR provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects in rural areas that have suffered significant levels of population decline. The supports provided through CLÁR have been tailored this year to help rural communities to respond to the new COVID-19 environment.

Funding (of between €5,000 and €50,000) is available to all local schools, community groups, community councils to apply for help with new projects to make safer environments and facilities.

Please see map and areas marked in Blue that are targeted under the CLÁR Programme in County Laois –


The measures being funded under the 2020 CLÁR programme are:

Measure 1: Schools/Community Safety measures (expanded in 2020)

Measure 2: Community Recreation Areas (new in 2020)

Measure 3: Community Wellbeing Supports, comprising of:

  • Meals on Wheels and linked services (new in 2020)
  • Mobility and Cancer Care Transport


Please note that Expressions of Interest for CLÁR 2020 Measures 1 and 2 are now being sought by Laois County Council.   The closing date for receipt of Expressions of Interest is 5pm Wednesday, June 24th 2020


Please note that applications for Measure 3(a) and 3(b) are made directly to the Department of Rural and Community Development 

Information and Expression of Interest Forms are available below:

Measure 1:

CLÁR-2020-Measure-1-Call-for-Expression-of-Interest-.docx 1

CLÁR 2020 M1 Expression of Interest Form (1) (2)

Measure 2:

CLÁR 2020 Measure 2 Call for Expression of Interest

CLÁR 2020 M2 Expression of Interest Form (1)



Should you require further assistance, please contact  Sport & Leisure Section of Laois County Council on 057 8664058 or