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The CLÁR programme 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. The aim of CLÁR is to support the sustainable development of identified CLÁR areas by attracting people to live and work there. The funding works in conjunction with local funding and on the basis of locally identified priorities.
Any potential applicant should firstly verify that their proposal is within an identified Clár area. Please see map below, with an attached list of D.E.D’s.
Further information on Clár and details on previous programmes is available at
Galway County Council Clár Programme 2017
In 2017 some 22 applications were forwarded by Galway County Council across the three Measures on the 5th May. Of these, 13 were approved to a total value of €519,792.
All 13 projects approved by the 2017 Clár scheme for County Galway were deemed to be complete or almost complete by the 1st December 2017, with all monies having been drawn down from the Department by that date. The 2017 programme resulted in the provision of a range of road safety measures at several locations at or adjacent to schools within the county. It is also resulted in the refurbishment of Ballygar playground, with new playgrounds completed in Killimor, Clonbur, Laurencetown and Abbeyknockmoy and with all projects having been completed within several months of the programme launch.
2017 CLÁR Measures
The 2017 CLÁR programme saw funding provided under four measures:
Measure 1: Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures
Measure 2: Play Areas
Measure 3: Targeted Community Infrastructure Needs
Measure 4: First Response Support Measure: Under this measure applications were to be sent directly to the Department from established organisations/groups that operate entirely on a voluntary basis and are involved in emergency rescue/first response efforts.