Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (744)

Niamh Smyth


744. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development when successful applications under 2019 CLÁR funding will be announced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30030/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The CLÁR programme provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects in disadvantaged rural areas that have experienced significant levels of de-population. Since I relaunched the programme in 2016, more than 1,200 projects have been approved funding of over €25 million.

I launched the 2019 CLÁR programme on 28th  February last. Applications were invited under three separate measures: 

Measure 1:  Support for "School and Community Safety Measures",

Measure 2:  Support for "Play Areas and Multi-Use Games Areas", and 

Measure 3:  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 applications under the 2019 CLÁR programme was the 30th April.  Almost 500 proposals 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.