Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has received confirmation from Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring that CLÁR funding will open to applications in Quarter 1 of this year.
Commenting Deputy Smyth said, “I questioned Minister Ring on this matter in the Dáil this week. This funding has provided wonderful opportunities for communities to enhance their areas by introducing playgrounds, supporting first responders groups and funding transport for people diagnosed with cancer.”
“This week in the Dáil I urged the Minister to consider including a category which would be open to schools who are in need of safety measures being introduced. Numerous issues have been highlighted to me by various schools including Killinkere National School who are finding it difficult to access funding for this reason.”
Deputy Smyth continued, “This would greatly accommodate rural schools who are really being left behind as they do not qualify for specific funding in relation to this matter. I pointed out to the Minister that children’s safety was paramount and I was reassured to hear the Minister say he would consider this proposal.”
“I have been advised that all funding will be announced in the coming weeks. I understand that each county council will administer the schemes this year as has been the case in previous years and applicants can apply via their local authority once this scheme opens. I would urge people to keep a close eye on Cavan County Council and Monaghan County Council’s websites for further details. I too will be doing so and notifying constituents once CLÁR is open to applications, “concluded Deputy Smyth.
For Oral Answer on : 23/01/2019
Question Number(s): 10 Question Reference(s): 3002/19
Department: Rural and Community Development
Asked by: Niamh Smyth T.D.
To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development when the next round of CLÁR funding will be announced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
The CLÁR programme has been very successful since I reintroduced it in 2016, following a number of years when it was closed for new applications. It is a programme that provides funding for small scale projects in rural areas that have experienced significant levels of depopulation.
Although the amounts available to projects under CLÁR are relatively modest, the impact of the funding is very significant. I have visited a many of the projects myself and I have seen first-hand the difference they make to local communities.
Over 1,200 projects have now been approved for funding of €25 million under CLÁR since 2016. The type of projects which have been supported include safety measures around schools and community facilities, the provision of play areas, supports for emergency First Responders, and a measure to provide vehicles to transport people to Cancer Care and respite centres.
I intend to launch a further call for proposals under CLÁR this year and I will be making decisions shortly regarding the specific measures to be supported in 2019. I anticipate that the programme will be opened for new applications in the first quarter of the year.