The CLÁR programme (Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais) provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects in rural areas that have suffered significant levels of population decline.
On 15 March 2021, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, announced the launch of the 2021 CLÁR programme. https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/9d2b2-minister-humphreys-launches-55-million-clar-2021-programme/
In recognition of the importance of the programme to some of our most remote rural areas, funding for the CLÁR programme has been increased by 10% this year. This brings the allocation for the programme to €5.5 million for 2021.
The measures being funded under the 2021 CLÁR programme are:
- Measure 1: Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures
- Measure 2: Outdoor Community Recreation Facilities
- Measure 3a: Community Wellbeing Measure: Community Gardens and Allotments
To apply for Measures 1, 2 & 3a you must submit an Expression of Interest Form to Laois County Council for consideration. Closing dates for Expressions of Interest is 5 pm on Wednesday 14 April 2021. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 057 8664058.
- Measure 3b: Community Wellbeing Measure – Mobility and Cancer Care Transport
- M3(b) scheme outline
- 2021 M3(b) app form
For Measures 3b and the CLÁR Innovation Measure please apply directly to the Dept of Rural & Community Affairs.
The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 7th May 2021 and communities in CLÁR areas are encouraged to avail of the opportunities provided by this funding. For further queries please contact CLAR@drcd.gov.ie .