Thursday, 4 July 2019

Questions (420)

Éamon Ó Cuív


420. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development when approvals will be given for the 2019 CLÁR and village renewal schemes, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28835/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

I launched the 2019 CLÁR programme on the 28th of February last, and invited applications under three separate measures:

Measure 1 provides support for "School and Community Safety Measures",

Measure 2 provides support for "Play Areas and Multi-Use Games Areas", and

Measure 3 provides funding for "Community Wellbeing Support" .

Community Wellbeing Support covers the provision of equipment and vehicles for voluntary first-response organisations, as well as the provision of specialist vehicles to bring people to cancer-care centres and other community-care services. The measure will also provide funding for sensory gardens.

The closing date for the 2019 CLÁR programme was 30th April, and almost 500 applications were received by my Department. My officials are currently finalising the assessment of these applications and I hope to be in a position to announce successful projects shortly.

I launched the 2019 Town and Village Renewal scheme in April, with a closing date of 28th June for applications. Over 300 applications have been received under this scheme.

Successful applicants under the Town and Village Renewal scheme will be announced when the assessment of these applications is fully completed.