CLÁR (Ceantair Laga Ard-Riachtanais) is a targeted investment programme for rural areas that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in areas that experience disadvantage. The aim of CLÁR is to support the sustainable development of identified CLÁR areas with the aim of attracting people to live and work there. The funding works in conjunction with local/Agency and other Departmental funding programmes and on the basis of locally identified priorities.
Funding Allocation for 2020
There is an allocation of €5million (nationally) in total for 2020, and the following measures will be operated via Local Authorities for a range of School and Community projects.
Measure 1: Support for Safety Measures at Schools & Community Facilities
Measure 2: Support for Community Recreation Areas
1. 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.
2. Any community recreation area must be open and available for use by the general public.
Fully completed application forms for Measures 1 & 2 must be returned to Galway County Council by Monday, 13 July 2020, at midnight by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Any queries regarding Measures 1 & 2 can be sent to Galway County Council at email@example.com
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Monday, 13 July 2020 at Midnight
Further Information Measure 2: Support for Community Recreation Areas
In the context of the impact of COVID-19 on communities, CLÁR 2020 will consider support for the enhancement of existing and/or the development of new accessible Community Recreation Areas where people can socialise outdoors in safe community spaces.
Types of Intervention
The measure will support a variety of capital interventions provided that they contribute to the enhancement of existing and/or the development of new, accessible Community Recreation areas where people can socialise outdoors in safe community spaces. The examples below provide an indication of the types of interventions that may be supported, but is not exhaustive:
• Covered Seating and Picnic Benches
• Covered BBQ Areas
• Public Toilets and Bins
• Car and Bike Parking
• Outdoor Electricity Connection
• Outdoor Cinema Screen, Bandstand, Amphitheatre, Blackboard
• Outdoor Drinking Water Fountain
• Exercise Class Space
• Handball Alley Renovation
• Associated Landscaping and Path Widening
The application form must clearly outline the need and rationale for the interventions put forward. All projects must display and encourage abidance by Leave no Trace principles. The cost of appropriate signage may be included in the overall project costings.