Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1756)

Brendan Smith


1756. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the funding allocated under each measure for the CLÁR programme in 2019; the expenditure to date under each measure and by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36508/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

I launched the 2019 CLÁR programme on 28th February last, with applications 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 under Measure 3 includes 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 may also provide funding for sensory gardens.

The closing date for the 2019 CLÁR programme was the 30th April, and almost 500 applications were received by my Department.

To date, I have announced the following funding under the 2019 CLÁR programme:

Measure 1: School and Community Safety Measures - €2,522,993.43 for 74 schools/communities

Measure 2: Play Areas and Multi-Use Games Areas - €1,294,459.72 for 30 schools/communities

Measure 3a: First Response Support - €567,515.93 for 30 groups.

Measure 3b: Mobility and Cancer Care Transport - €890,632.00 for 20 groups.

Details of successful projects on a county basis can be found at:

To date, no drawdown of funding has been made, as the successful projects have only recently been announced. However, I would expect the drawdown of funding to commence in the coming weeks.